Juvenile Offender’s Risk Assessment protocol (VRAI): Overview and preliminary results

Juvenile Offender’s Risk Assessment protocol (VRAI): Overview and preliminary results

Juvenile Offender’s Risk Assessment protocol (VRAI): Overview and preliminary results

Individual presentation114Lorena Maneiro, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Room 1AWed 10:45 - 12:15

The interest in the study of the predictors of juvenile antisocial behavior has increased over the last years, together with the use of risk assessment instruments which contribute to risk prediction and management. In order to overcome some of the limitations of previous instruments, a new risk assessment tool was developed in the Spanish context, namely the Juvenile Offender’s Risk Assessment (VRAI). The VRAI was developed as a risk assessment tool to serve as a guide for intervention with adolescents in the Juvenile Justice System, providing information about 24 risk factors (i.e., historical, psychosocial, and individual), three protective factors, and three other relevant variables. The information is collected, on the one hand, from the technical staff of the centers and, on the other hand, from self-reports by adolescents through an online questionnaire. Some preliminary results are presented as regards the differences and commonalities in all the factors between juvenile offenders and a sample of community adolescents from Galicia (NW Spain). Overall, juvenile offenders showed higher levels of risk in most of the risk factors and lower scores in the protective factors. A total of five profiles were identified based on the scores on a set of factors, namely, low-needs, socio-familiar, moderate needs, antisocial-drugs, and high-antisocial. These results are discussed regarding the relevance of evaluation of specific risk factors for risk management.
Co-author(s): Olalla Cutrín, Paul Vedder, Xosé Antón Gómez-Fraguela

Assessment and treatment of young and/or adolescent offenders
juvenile offenders, risk assessment, risk management, VRAI
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