Validating a Measure of Client Change

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Carty, Taylor Marian




While risk assessment has been most used as an evaluation of which offenders are most likely to re-offend, there are also various models explaining the process of client change which is thought to further describe who is at risk. While elements of change have been validated, there is no one assessment which assesses a client's position in the process of changing from an antisocial offender into a prosocial individual. The current research therefore attempted to validate the Client Change Scale (CCS), which is a theoretically and empirically supported measure for quantifying client change. Parole decision with offenders in the California parole system was used as a proxy measure of recidivism. Results indicated that while the CCS was reliable and correlated with risk, it didn't provide a good model and didn't predict decision independently. Further research is needed to assess the CCS' ability to predict recidivism directly for differing populations.


Psychology - Behavioral




Carleton University

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