Gender plays a role in the association between the risk/need and protective factors on the SAVRY and risk of violence. By constructing risk assessment tools in which the individual items are organized in the same way for male and female juvenile offenders it is assumed that these items and subscales have similar relevance across males and females. The identification of criminogenic needs that vary in relevance for 1 of the genders, could contribute to more meaningful risk assessments, especially for female juvenile offenders. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior.
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