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Citation

McEwan TE, Shea DE, Daffern M, MacKenzie RD, Ogloff JR, Mullen PE. Assessment 2018; 25(2): 259-276.

Affiliation

Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Victorian Institute for Forensic Mental Health, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2018, SAGE Publishing)

DOI

10.1177/1073191116653470

PMID

27305931

Abstract

This study assessed the reliability and validity of the Stalking Risk Profile (SRP), a structured measure for assessing stalking risks. The SRP was administered at the point of assessment or retrospectively from file review for 241 adult stalkers (91% male) referred to a community-based forensic mental health service. Interrater reliability was high for stalker type, and moderate-to-substantial for risk judgments and domain scores. Evidence for predictive validity and discrimination between stalking recidivists and nonrecidivists for risk judgments depended on follow-up duration. Discrimination was moderate (area under the curve = 0.66-0.68) and positive and negative predictive values good over the full follow-up period (Mdn = 170.43 weeks). At 6 months, discrimination was better than chance only for judgments related to stalking of new victims (area under the curve = 0.75); however, high-risk stalkers still reoffended against their original victim(s) 2 to 4 times as often as low-risk stalkers. Implications for the clinical utility and refinement of the SRP are discussed.

© The Author(s) 2016.


Language: en

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