Using self-report inventories to assess recidivism risk among prisoners about to be released on parole supervision in Sweden

Zoran Vasiljevic, Agneta Öjehagen, Claes Andersson

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Abstract

Prison release planning is rarely based on adequate assessment using evidence-based instruments. This study uses well-established self-reports for screening of problem severity and for predicting recidivism, measured as reconvictions during one-year following release, in prisoners about to be conditionally released on probation in Sweden between 2009 and 2010. One Hundred and six prisoners completed the following measures: Karolinska Scales of Personality, Hopkins Symptom Checklist-25, Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test, Drug Use Disorders Identification Test. Results show frequent mental health and substance use problems and high scores on the KSP psychopathy factor. Anxiety and problematic drug use were the two most important factors associated with one-year recidivism. Prior to release, self-reports could be useful for screening of problem severity, and for predicting recidivism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)191-199
JournalJournal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention
Volume18
Issue number2
Early online date2017 Oct 6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Social Work

Keywords

  • parole
  • prediction
  • recidivism
  • risk factor
  • screening
  • Self-report

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