Assessing Juveniles for Psychopathy or Conduct Disorder

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Assessing Juveniles for Psychopathy or Conduct Disorder TaShara Smith A00338366 Master of Science in Forensic Psychology General Walden University July 27, 2014 Psychopathy and conduct disorder are serious mental health issues that need to be addressed and treated to prevent other issues from arising. The juvenile population is the most important population when conducting assessments for conduct disorder features. There are several risk factors that are associated with conduct disorder and because there are several risk factors it is important the assessment is conducted correctly to produce successful results. This paper will focus on the importance of assessing conduct disorder features in juveniles and the reasons an assessment is conducted, explanation of when an evaluation of conduct disorder might be used in the adjudicative process, and the differences that the results of the assessment might make in adjudicative process. The assessment chosen: The Structured Assessment of Violence Risk in Youth (SAVRY). This assessment is used to evaluate the risk of violence for children between the ages of 12 to 18 years old. Explain the relevance of assessing for conduct disorder features/traits in juvenile forensic populations, as well as the reasons for such an assessment. In a juvenile correctional program, this assessment would be relevant. According to Vincent et al. (2012) this type of tool risk assessment could be relevant in this type of setting in determining "appropriate sanctions for behavior and appropriate programming based on individual risk levels and risk factors" (p. 2). The goal of these types of assessments can be used to determine recidivism and risk programs which would be better suited for the youth in a effort to develop a case plan which is geared toward that particular youth.
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