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Exploring Rater Cultural Bias in Forensic Risk Assessment

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posted on 2023-05-16, 02:47 authored by S Venner, D Sivasubramaniam, S Luebbers, SM Shepherd
Risk assessment instruments are an important tool for assessing an offender’s risk of recidivism. However, concerns have been raised regarding their applicability to different cultural groups, and it has been suggested that rater cultural bias may affect assessment. This study explored whether rater cultural bias impacted upon the scoring of the YLS/CMI-SRV and rater perceptions of offenders from diverse cultural backgrounds. Participants included a representative sample of postgraduate Australian Psychology students who were randomly assigned a vignette of a young offender from either a South Sudanese, Indigenous or Anglo-Australian background. No evidence of cultural bias was found in YLS/CMI-SRV scoring or rater perceptions of the offender.

History

Journal

International Journal of Forensic Mental Health

Volume

20

Pagination

213-226

Location

London, Eng.

ISSN

1499-9013

eISSN

1932-9903

Language

en

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Issue

3

Publisher

Informa UK Limited