The J-SOAP-II should be used as part of a battery of risk assessment tools rather than in a strict actuarial manner for assessing future risk. Court and mental health workers are frequently asked to determine which juvenile sex offenders (JSOs) are most likely to reoffend. One instrument commonly used to guide decision making with JSOs is the Juvenile Sex Offender Assessment Protocol-II (J-SOAPII). However, research utilizing this instrument has often generated contradictory results, perhaps related to the types of samples studied. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in International Journal of Forensic Mental Health.
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