Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The process of developing a risk and needs assessment instrument for offenders
by Peralta, Sofia, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2009, 158; 1481632
Abstract (Summary)

The current study is intended to assist researchers and practitioners in their construction of surveys used to assess potential recidivism, relapse, change, and/or overall progress of correctional clients in treatment for substance abuse issues. This study examines the following issues through an exploratory approach: (1) subjects' opinions regarding survey content and format, (2) the length of time needed to complete the survey, (3) reliability, and (4) validity of the survey. Qualitative and quantitative data were gathered to examine format preference, time needed to complete the survey, reliability, and validity of the instrument. The sample for Phases I, II, and III consisted of 129 undergraduate students attending two large public universities in Southern California. In addition, 35 participants who identified themselves as having substance abuse problems formed the sample for Phase IV of this thesis.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ireland, Connie
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 48/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Criminology, Quantitative psychology
Publication Number: 1481632
ISBN: 978-1-109-65700-5
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