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The Strengths/Structured Assessment for Youth (S/SAY): the strengts interest within a reoffending risk assessment tool
Brassine, Nadège; Mathys, Cécile; Parent, Geneviève
2023EuroCrim 2023
Peer reviewed


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Keywords :
justice-involved youth; assessment tool; reoffending risk; risk factors; strengths
Abstract :
[en] The assessment and intervention of justice-involved youth in order to their social reintegration is a central aim of juvenile justice. Currently, assessment focuses on the prediction of recidivism by mainly examining risk factors through the Risk-Need- Responsivity (RBR) model. In French-speaking Belgium, the University of Liege has been working on integrating strengths alongside risk factors in the assessment of justiceinvolved youth within S/SAY (Strengths/Structured Assessment for Youth). A strength is defined as the adolescent’s internal or external capacities that enable them to meet their life goals in a prosocial manner, whereas the assessment of risk factors is based on the classic YLS-CMI assessment adapted to Belgian justice-involved youth. First, we will outline the conceptual distinction between a protective factor and a strength. We will discuss this distinction in terms of their definition, operationalisations, and mechanisms. Second, we will present S/SAY and emphasise its specificities. Third, we will present the research protocol and design, as well as the methodology for evaluating the psychometric qualities of S/SAY. Thus, on two settings (one in Quebec and the other in Belgium), the goals of reliability (the consistency of the S/SAY items and indicators scores), predictive validity (associated with the reoffending risk) and incremental validity (the added value associated with the addition of strengths), but also social validity (the perception that social workers have of the S/SAY use) will be presented. This research protocol combines mixed data and two types of samples: the first one is composed of justice-involved youth’s files (girls and boys) who are prosecuted for an offense, the second one is composed of social workers using S/SAY (social workers in juvenile detention centres for Belgium and probation officers for Quebec). Finally, this poster will discuss the implications of a partly strength-based assessment in the management of justice-involved youth.
Research center :
Cité - ULiège [BE]
Disciplines :
Author, co-author :
Brassine, Nadège  ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Département de criminologie
Mathys, Cécile ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Département de criminologie > Délinquance juvénile
Parent, Geneviève;  Université du Québec en Outaouais > Psychoéducation
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Title :
The Strengths/Structured Assessment for Youth (S/SAY): the strengts interest within a reoffending risk assessment tool
Publication date :
08 September 2023
Event name :
EuroCrim 2023
Event organizer :
European Society of Criminology
Event date :
du 6 septembre 2023 au 9 septembre 2023
Audience :
Peer reviewed :
Peer reviewed
Name of the research project :
Approche basée sur les forces du mineur en conflit avec la loi (MCL) en milieu de placement : validation et effets sur la récidive
Funders :
F.R.S.-FNRS - Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique [BE]
ULiège. RISE - Université de Liège. Recherche, Innovation, Support et Entreprises [BE]
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