Development of Gendered Strengths Assessment Tools for Emerging-Adult (EA) Offenders: Perspectives from Forensic Professionals #77

Title: Development of Gendered Strengths Assessment Tools for Emerging-Adult (EA) Offenders: Perspectives from Forensic Professionals

Description: This study strives to answer the following research questions: What strengths do forensic professionals believe have predictive utility (i.e., ability to mitigate risk of negative outcomes like recidivism, or conversely, predict desistance or other positive outcomes in correctional and/or psychiatric offenders) in young men and women offenders?

This study will consist of a survey of forensic professionals (both Canadian and internationally-based) to solicit their feedback on their perceived predictive utility of a series of strengths-based items pulled from the literature. Professionals recruited will consist of both researchers (public or private sectors, academics, etc.) and practitioners (e.g., clinicians, psychiatrists, social workers, nurses). In the context of the survey, participants will also be asked to identify additional strength of potential interest and suggest, as applicable, improved operationalizations of strengths proposed in my survey. This primary data collection effort will benefit this series of studies by allowing insight that cannot necessarily be gained from strictly quantitative studies in this area, which is notoriously fraught with definitional and methodological inconsistencies.

Specifics: Study Population:
Participants consist of forensic professionals who either assess or study assessment of offenders (correctional and/or psychiatric). These may be Canadian or international, and who may or may not have some experience with assessment of strengths.

Participant Obligation:
The online survey to be completed by participants will provide a list of strengths, organized by domain (e.g., social, skills, environment); participants will be asked how much utility each strength/domain has in mitigating risk of negative outcomes.

Location: online - Ottawa

Project lead: Sebastian Baglole, Supervisor: Natalie Jones

Study Dates: October 21, 2022 to December 30, 2022

Study Website: https://carletonu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5w4A709nllqjxv8