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Assessing the Youthful Offender (Language of Science)by Robert D. Hoge
Synopses & Reviews
This important work educates individuals working within the youth justice system of the usefulness-and-limitations-of psychological assessments in the processing of youthful offenders. The authors favor a child welfare and rehabilitative approach, but they argue that the use of valid assessments can improve the quality and consistency of judgments and inferences made about youths in any system by improving the quality of the information used. The book closes with extensive recommendations and appendices listing instruments, procedures, and resources.
Book News Annotation:
Informs people working within the youth justice system about the usefulness and limitations of psychological assessments as part of the processing of youthful offenders. Reviews the various theories on juvenile crime, the major types of forensic decisions, the categories of judgement, and the true value of psychological assessments.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Table of Contents
Conceptual and Theoretical Background. Decision Making within Juvenile Justice Systems. The Role of Psychological Assessments in the Juvenile Justice Decision Process. Assessing Aptitudes and Achievement Levels. Assessing Personality, Attitudes, and Behaviors. Assessing Environmental Factors. Diagnostic and Classification Systems. Conclusions and Recommendations. Appendix I: Instruments and Procedures Identified in This Volume. Appendix II: Addresses of Major Test Publishers. Index.
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