Juvenile Sex Offender Assessment

(SAI-Juvenile) identifies sexual deviance and paraphilias in people accused or convicted of sex offenses. The SAI is an evidence based assessment instrument or test with impressive reliability, validity and accuracy.

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The Sexual Adjustment Inventory-Juvenile (SAI-Juvenile) has 230 items and takes 30-35 minutes to complete. The SAI-Juvenile consists of 13 scales (briefly described and listed below). For detailed Sexual Adjustment Inventory-Juvenile (SAI-Juvenile) scale information, click on the Scales Description link. To learn more about the two SAI-Juvenile Truthfulness scales (1. Sex-Item Truthfulness and 2. Test-Item Truthfulness), click on the Truthfulness Scales link.

Historically, prediction of juvenile recidivism risk focused predominantly on a juvenile’s static (unchangeable) risk factors, such as the age, ethnicity, sex, age at first arrest, etc. (Hepburn & Griffin, 2004). However, the importance of taking dynamic risk factors into account has been emphasized in recent years. Examples of dynamic factors pertaining to juveniles include substance abuse, hostility, impulsiveness, lack of concern for others, emotional distress, and deviant sexual interests and attitudes (Witt & Schneider, 2005). Examining both static and dynamic variables is important in predicting juvenile risk (Hanson, 1998). Comprehensive juvenile assessment would then address both types of factors. The Sexual Adjustment Inventory-Juvenile (SAI-Juvenile) is an accurate, evidence based juvenile assessment instrument that incorporates both static and dynamic risk factors.

Juvenile arrest and treatment history (static) is addressed on the SAI-Juvenile answer sheet and scale scores provide information about drug and alcohol involvement, antisocial orientation, emotional problems, hostile (violent) tendencies and attitudes about sexual assault, deviant sexual interests and more. Sexual offending is often a difficult-to-broach topic for everyone involved, including the juveniles themselves. The SAI-Juvenile is an objective way to identify juvenile risk and need. Juveniles are more likely to accept objective test results as opposed to others’ subjective opinions.

SAI-Juvenile scales (domains)

The SAI-Juvenile is comprised of both sex-related and non-sex-related scales or measures. There are a total of 13 scales.

    Sex-Related Scales

  • Sex-Item Truthfulness Scale
  • Child Molest Scale
  • Sexual Adjustment Scale
  • Exhibitionism Scale
  • Sexual Assault Scale
  • Incest Classification

    Non Sex-Related Scales

  • Test-Item Truthfulness Scale
  • Drugs Scale
  • Violence Scale
  • Impulsiveness Scale
  • Antisocial Scale
  • Alcohol Scale
  • Distress Scale

Sex-Item Truthfulness Scale:

measures the juveniles' truthfulness in regards to sex-related SAI-J test questions. Click on the Truthfulness Scales link for a full description.

Sexual Adjustment Scale:

measures the juveniles' satisfaction or dissatisfaction with their sex life. Healthy or unhealthy sexual adjustment in childhood can factor into juvenile sexual behaviors (Borneman, 1994).

Sexual Assault Scale:

measures the propensity to use force to rape, sexually abuse or otherwise sexually assault others. Rapists often have views regarding gender roles that can differ from many non-rapists (Bennett, 1992).

Child Molest Scale:

measures sexual interest in children aged 13 years or younger (pedophilia). Child molesters often attempt to justify their pedophilic thoughts and behavior (Saradjian & Nobus, 2003).

Exhibitionism Scale:

measures the probability of whether the juvenile has urges to expose their genitals to unsuspecting strangers. Although exhibitionism may seem to be a relatively benign paraphilia, there is evidence that many exhibitionists are likely to engage in other types of sexual offenses (Psychiatric News, 2006).

Incest Classification:

a classification scale that simply identifies the presence or absence of incestuous behavior. Incest is a complex term involving moral, social and religious attitudes. Extreme religiousness is a common characteristic among incestuous families (Pruitt, 1987).

Test-Item Truthfulness Scale:

measures the juvenile's truthfulness in regards to non-sex-related SAI-J test questions. Click on the Truthfulness Scales link.

Violence Scale:

identifies juveniles who are dangerous to themselves and others. Several states in the U.S. have implemented new laws regarding involuntary commitment of ‘sexually violent predators’ (Lieb, 2006).

Antisocial Scale:

measures severity of antisocial behaviors. A significant proportion of sexually sadistic juveniles are known to have comorbid personality disorders, including Antisocial Personality Disorder (Berger, Berner, Bolterauer, Gutierrez, Berger, 1999).

Distress Scale:

measures feelings of generalized anxiety, resentment and depression. Another term for this is ‘dysphoria’. Juvenile sex offenders are subject to dysphoric mood (Gordon & Grubin, 2004).

Impulsiveness Scale:

measures the tendency to abruptly engage in activities without adequate forethought or consideration of consequences. Impulsiveness is a common characteristic of some types of juvenile sex offenders (Giotakos, Vaidakis, Markianos & Christodoulou, 2003).

Alcohol Scale:

measures alcohol use and the severity of abuse, if present. Alcohol abuse is often a comorbid disorder in some subgroups of juvenile sex offenders (Raymond, Coleman, Ohlerking, Christenson & Miner, 1999).

Drugs Scale:

measures drug use and the severity of abuse. A recent study noted that approximately 21.0% of incarcerated juvenile sex offenders were under the influence of either marijuana or cocaine when the offense occurred (CASA, 1999).

Together, the 13 SAI-Juvenile scales are a comprehensive juvenile profile. The SAI-Juvenile is easy to interpret, use and administer:

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