Emerging Strategies for Risk Assessment of Sexually Abusive
Youth: Theory, Controversy, and Practice
Prescott, D.S. (2004). Emerging strategies for risk
assessment of sexually abusive youth: Theory, controversy, and practice.
In R. Geffner, K. Crumpton Franey, T. Geffner Arnold, R. Ralconer
(Eds). Identifying and treating youth who sexually offend: Current
approaches, techniques, and research (pp. 83-105). Binghamton,
NY: Haworth Press.
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SUMMARY. Clinicians and other
professionals evaluating, managing, and treating
sexually abusive youth are frequently called upon
to offer judgments regarding risk for sexual reoffense.
There are currently no empirically validated methods
for accurately classifying risk among this population.
Therefore, those faced with this task have an obligation
to consider the research on the assessment of risk
and recidivism. Five methods of risk assessment
are reviewed, and four scales are discussed, with
directions on how to obtain them. These include
the Juvenile Sex Offender Assessment Protocol (JSOAP),
the Protective Factors Scale (PFS), and Estimate
of Risk of Adolescent Sex Offender Recidivism (ERASOR).