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To prepare for this assignment:

  • Review the article, “Historical and Personality Correlates to the Violence Patterns of Juveniles Tried as Adults.” Pay particular attention to the assessment instruments/procedures and how they are used to determine violence and associated risk factors.
  • Think about how the results reported in this article might be applied in a correctional setting.
  • Review the article, “Felony and Violent Recidivism Among Supermax Prison Inmates in Washington State: A Pilot Study.” Pay close attention to the important data and results, and any other key “takeaways” of the study, and consider how the study might be used in a correctional setting.
  • Review this week's DVD program, "Application of Psychological Research – Correctional Settings." Focus on what makes effective and ineffective criterion measures for analyzing recidivism, violent crime, and institutional adjustment.
  • Using the Walden Library, select a research article related to the assessment of violence potential.
  • Review the article you selected. Note how the study was conducted, the important data and results, and any other key “ takeaways” of the study.
  • Consider how the results of your chosen study might be used to predict the violence potential of someone in a correctional institution or who has been released on parole.

The assignment (1–2 pages):

  • Briefly summarize the research article you selected.
  • Explain how the potential for violence was assessed and the important data, results, and “key takeaways” from the study.
  • Explain how a forensic psychology professional might use the results from this study in a correctional setting.


  • Article: Ax, R. K., Fagan, T. J., Magaletta, P. R., Morgan, R. D., Nussbaum, D., & White, T. W. (2007). Innovations in correctional assessment and treatment. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 34(7), 893–905.

    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.


  • Article: Kruh, I. P., Frick, P. J., & Clements, C. B. (2005). Historical and personality correlates to the violence patterns of juveniles tried as adults. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 32(1), 69–96.

    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.  

  • Article: Mears, D. P. (2013). Supermax prisons. Criminology & Public Policy, 12(4), 681 – 719
    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.


  • Video: Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2009). Understanding forensic psychology research: Application of psychological research – Correctional settings. Baltimore: Author.