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Reliability of Risk Assessment Measures Used in Sexually Violent Predator Proceedings

Reliability of Risk Assessment Measures Used in Sexually Violent Predator Proceedings The field interrater reliability of three assessment tools frequently used by mental health professionals when evaluating sex offenders' risk for reoffending—the Psychopathy Checklist–Revised (PCL-R), the Minnesota Sex Offender Screening Tool–Revised (MnSOST-R) and the Static-99—was examined within the context of sexually violent predator program proceedings. Rater agreement was highest for the Static-99 (intraclass correlation coefficient [ICC1] = .78) and lowest for the PCL-R (ICC1 = .60; MnSOST-R ICC1 = .74), although all instruments demonstrated lower field reliability than that reported in their test manuals. Findings raise concerns about the reliability of risk assessment tools that are used to inform judgments of risk in high-stake sexually violent predator proceedings. Implications for future research and suggestions for improving evaluator training to increase accuracy when informing legal decision making are discussed. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Psychological Assessment American Psychological Association

Reliability of Risk Assessment Measures Used in Sexually Violent Predator Proceedings

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Publisher
American Psychological Association
Copyright
Copyright © 2012 American Psychological Association
ISSN
1040-3590
eISSN
1939-134X
DOI
10.1037/a0028411
pmid
22563984
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Abstract

The field interrater reliability of three assessment tools frequently used by mental health professionals when evaluating sex offenders' risk for reoffending—the Psychopathy Checklist–Revised (PCL-R), the Minnesota Sex Offender Screening Tool–Revised (MnSOST-R) and the Static-99—was examined within the context of sexually violent predator program proceedings. Rater agreement was highest for the Static-99 (intraclass correlation coefficient [ICC1] = .78) and lowest for the PCL-R (ICC1 = .60; MnSOST-R ICC1 = .74), although all instruments demonstrated lower field reliability than that reported in their test manuals. Findings raise concerns about the reliability of risk assessment tools that are used to inform judgments of risk in high-stake sexually violent predator proceedings. Implications for future research and suggestions for improving evaluator training to increase accuracy when informing legal decision making are discussed.

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Psychological AssessmentAmerican Psychological Association

Published: Dec 7, 2012

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