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The level of service inventory-revised (Lsi-R) and Australian offenders: factor structure, sensitivity, and specificity

Journal Article


Abstract


  • The Level of Service Inventory–Revised (LSI-R) assesses the risk of reoffending and identifies criminogenic need characteristics

    of offenders. Despite the assessment’s popularity, its factor structure remains under-researched. Inconsistency in published

    research may be attributed to the misuse, and inappropriate statistical analyses, of the LSI-R subscale scores. The

    present study explored the factor structure of the LSI-R, at the item level, using a sample of Australian offenders. Binary

    exploratory factor analysis found a five-factor solution for male offenders and a four-factor solution for female offenders.

    Using these data to “recalibrate” the LSI-R, sensitivity and specificity comparisons of the original and modified LSI-R were

    undertaken. With specific attention to Indigenous status and types of sentence orders served, sensitivity and specificity

    improvements were observed. Findings are discussed in terms of the value of exploring latent constructs and validating

    assessment tools, as well as the potential impact on the management and rehabilitation of Australian offenders.

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Hsu, C., Caputi, P. & Byrne, M. K. (2011). The level of service inventory-revised (Lsi-R) and Australian offenders: factor structure, sensitivity, and specificity. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 38 (6), 600-618.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-79955792240

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/hbspapers/2826

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 18

Start Page


  • 600

End Page


  • 618

Volume


  • 38

Issue


  • 6

Place Of Publication


  • United States

Abstract


  • The Level of Service Inventory–Revised (LSI-R) assesses the risk of reoffending and identifies criminogenic need characteristics

    of offenders. Despite the assessment’s popularity, its factor structure remains under-researched. Inconsistency in published

    research may be attributed to the misuse, and inappropriate statistical analyses, of the LSI-R subscale scores. The

    present study explored the factor structure of the LSI-R, at the item level, using a sample of Australian offenders. Binary

    exploratory factor analysis found a five-factor solution for male offenders and a four-factor solution for female offenders.

    Using these data to “recalibrate” the LSI-R, sensitivity and specificity comparisons of the original and modified LSI-R were

    undertaken. With specific attention to Indigenous status and types of sentence orders served, sensitivity and specificity

    improvements were observed. Findings are discussed in terms of the value of exploring latent constructs and validating

    assessment tools, as well as the potential impact on the management and rehabilitation of Australian offenders.

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Hsu, C., Caputi, P. & Byrne, M. K. (2011). The level of service inventory-revised (Lsi-R) and Australian offenders: factor structure, sensitivity, and specificity. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 38 (6), 600-618.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-79955792240

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/hbspapers/2826

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 18

Start Page


  • 600

End Page


  • 618

Volume


  • 38

Issue


  • 6

Place Of Publication


  • United States