A comparative study of adolescent risk assessment instruments: predictive and incremental validity

Assessment. 2008 Mar;15(1):104-15. doi: 10.1177/1073191107307966.


Promising new adolescent risk assessment tools are being incorporated into clinical practice but currently possess limited evidence of predictive validity regarding their individual and/or combined use in risk assessments. The current study compares three structured adolescent risk instruments, Youth Level of Service/Case Management Inventory (YLS/CMI), Structured Assessment of Violence Risk in Youth (SAVRY), and Psychopathy Checklist: Youth Version (PCL:YV), for both predictive and incremental validity with respect to general and violent recidivism. Receiver operating characteristic and hierarchical logistic regression analyses revealed that the risk tools predicted general and violent recidivism to varying degrees of accuracy, but the SAVRY offered the most in incremental validity. Clinical implications and future directions for youth risk assessment are discussed.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Antisocial Personality Disorder / diagnosis*
  • Crime
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Psychological Tests*
  • Psychology, Adolescent*
  • Violence*