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PSYC 3460 Study Guide - Final Guide: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Youth Criminal Justice Act, Antisocial Personality Disorder


Department
Psychology
Course Code
PSYC 3460
Professor
Stephen Kosempel
Study Guide
Final

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1 FINAL NOTES - Pages 363-405
Current Issues:
- Most of focus in risk assessment research has been on perfecting the prediction of violence;
especially true in actuarial methods where factors are selected based on their statistical relation to
a specific outcome - therefore need for understanding causes (why) risk factors lead to violence
- coping relapse model of criminal recidivism: Zamble and Quinsey explain why an individual
will commit another offence after release (REFER TO FIGURE 12.1 on page 364)
1 - first level is a type of environmental trigger (e.g. lose a job, financial difficulties, stuck in
traffic)
2 - emotional and cognitive appraisal of the event; if appraisal results in experience of negative
emotions (e.g. anger, fear) then the individual will attempt to deal with those unpleasant feelings;
if individual does not possess adequate coping mechanisms, the cycle worsens and eventually
leads to criminal behaviour.
3 - perception and response to environmental trigger is based on two things: individual and
response mechanisms
- individual influences include criminal history and enduring personality traits (e.g.
psychopathy); these factors influence how the individual perceives an event and the likelihood of
them engaging in criminal behaviour. For example, psychopathic individuals are more likely to
perceive ambiguous event as hostile and are impulsive, which increases the likelihood of
engaging in criminal behaviour.
- response mechanisms include coping ability, substance use, criminal attitudes and associates,
and social supports. These also influence how an individual perceives a situation, which
mediates their response.
Protective factors: factors that mitigate or reduce the likelihood of a negative outcome (e.g.
aggression, psychopathology); can explain why some individuals with many risk factors do not
become violent
- the protective factors vary across time and include prosocial involvement, strong social
supports, positive social orientation (school, work), strong attachments, and intelligence. A
variable identified as a potential protective factor for high-risk offenders is employment stability,
whereas strong family connection is a potential protective factor for low-risk offenders.
- Webster et al.: START (Short-Term Assessment of Risk and Treatability) - help guide decision
making for risk domains such as violence, self harm, suicide, substance abuse etc. uses two
separate scales, risk and strength. For example, coping could be seen as a strength (having
adaptive coping skill) or a risk (having maladaptive coping skills)
-despite strides and advances, many practitioners are not using these new instruments. Most
common is MMPI at 87%. Only 11% use Hare PCL-R and only 1% use VRAG or LSI-R
-why do some criminals stop?: majority (almost 70%) show significant declines in crime by
adulthood. Some reasons include insight (realize how wrong your actions were), social
avoidance (avoid situations you know you cannot handle peacefully), and orientation to the
family (commitment to children/spouse to avoid making the same mistakes, and to teach them
not to do so).
Chapter 13: Assessment and Treatment of Young, Female, and Aboriginal

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Offenders
-young offenders - adolescents older than 12 and younger than 18 who come in contact with the
criminal justice system; under 12 is processed through family and social services agencies under
provincial or territorial legislation
History:
1 - young were treated as adults in 17th and 18th centuries, even when it came to prisons time and
death penalties.
2 - Originally, Juvenile Delinquents Act in 1908 applied to youth between 7 and 16 (only to 18
in certain jurisdictions). A separate court system was developed. Youth were called
“delinquents” rather than “offenders”, and punishments were dealt in a way which parents would
discipline a child (generally viewed as misguided children in need of support). Parents were
encouraged to participate in the process. For example, punishment may have included being sent
to a trade school to learn a skill for future employment, or just a fine or probation. Some issues
included that the youth were often striped of basic rights, such as a right to counsel, right to
appeal, not to mention the ambiguous definitions which allowed judges to impose open-ended
sentences or punish acts that are not illegal for adults
3 - Replaced in 1984 with the Young Offenders Act. Youth are held accountable for their
actions, but not to the full extent that adults are (different level of cognitive development).
Diversion: a decision not to prosecute a young offender but rather have him/her undergo an
educational or community-service program. Also an option for the courts dealing with offenders
with mental illnesses who are facing minor charges. The court can divert the offender directly
into a treatment program rather than having him/her go through the court process. This process
involves the offender pleading guilty, although it included some sentences such as absolute
discharge (receive no sentence other than guilty verdict) or custody. Custody could be open
(community residential facility or group home) or secure (youth prison). The YOA identified that
the public has the right to be protected from young offenders but young offenders have legal
rights and freedoms including those described in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Children have to be at least 12 to be charged with a criminal offence. Bill c-37 allowed 16 or 17
year olds that were charged with murder, manslaughter, or aggravated assault to go to adult court
because of the severity of the crimes. First degree murder was limited to 10 years, with only 6
incarcerated; second degree murder was limited to 7 years, with only 4 incarcerated..
4 - Replaced in 2003 with the Youth Criminal Justice Act. Three main objectives are: prevent
youth crime; provide meaningful consequences and encourage responsibility of behaviour; and
to improve rehabilitation and reintegration of youth into the community. Changes included that
less violent offences should be kept out of the formal court process. The YCJA increased the
number of extrajudicial measures. Extrajudicial: term applied to measures taken to keep young
offenders out of court and out of custody (e.g. giving a warning or making a referral for
treatment). Transfers to adult court are removed, but instead youth court judges can impose adult
sentences for those as young as 14 years old (the Crown must notify the youth court that it is
seeking an adult sentence). The interests and needs of victims are recognized by giving the
victims the opportunity to participate, by informing them of court proceedings, and by giving
them the right to access youth court records.
Youth crime rates: in general, decreasing in the past few years (violent offences and property

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offences). Sentencing is heavily based on probation (63% of youths under supervision), and the
number of youth in sentenced (secure) custody has decreased by half since 2003 (when YCJA
was implemented)
Assessment:
- clinicians must obtain consent from the parents or guardians, and then an agreement with the
child before beginning any assessment. The emotional and behavioural difficulties can be
categorized as either internalizing problems or externalizing problems. Internalizing problems:
emotional difficulties such as anxiety, depression, and obsession experienced by a youth.
Externalizing problems: behavioural difficulties such as delinquency, fighting, bullying, lying,
or destructive behaviour experienced by a youth. Externalizing problems are considered more
difficult to treat and more likely to have long-term persistence. They are also quite stable with
symptoms often peaking in the teenage years and decreasing by the late twenties. Males are more
likely to have them (ratio is 10:1 compared to females). In order to assess, multiple informants
are needed to obtain accurate reports, including the duration, severity, and frequency of troubled
behaviours (the child may not be aware of his/her behaviour or the influence it has on others).
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): a disorder in a youth characterized by a
persistent pattern of inattention and hyperactivity or impulsivity. (e.g. lose items, fidget, does not
listen, talks excessively: requires number of symptoms present, occurring in two or more
settings, and persisting for at least 6 months). Some behaviours are part of normal development,
however, hyperactive-impulse and/or inattentive symptoms before the age of 7 usually points to
impairment. ADHD kids also usually diagnosed with ODD and CD. (20-50% of ADHD kids
found to have ODD or CD)
Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD): a disorder in a youth characterized by a persistent
pattern of negativistic, hostile, and defiant behaviour. (e.g. loses temper, deliberately annoys
others, vindictive). 40% of children will ODD develop CD; but if a child qualifies for a CD
diagnosis, an ODD diagnosis is not used. Usually not officially diagnosed until 18 or older.
Conduct disorder (CD): a disorder characterized by a persistent pattern of behaviour in which a
youth violates the rights of others or age-appropriate societal norms/rules. (e.g. physically cruel
to animals, initiates physical fights, lies for gain, set fires). 50% of children with a CD diagnosis
go on to be diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder in adulthood. Usually not officially
diagnosed until 18 or older.
- estimated that 5-15% of children display severe behavioural problems. In the Ontario Child
Health Study of 1987, 18% were found to experience CD, hyperactivity, emotional disturbance,
or combo of these.
- two trajectories: childhood onset (social transgressions and behavioural problems in very early
childhood) and adolescent onset (problem behaviours emerging in teen years)
- age of onset is a good predictor of future behaviours (e.g. early onset of antisocial behaviour is
related to more serious and persistent antisocial behaviour later in life) **However, most young
children with behavioural difficulties do not go on to become adult offenders (or even young
offenders).
-70% of general population experiences adolescent-onset pattern (e.g. rebel in teen years, but not
enough times and/or not enough things to classify as CD)
Theories:
1. Biological: examined relation of frontal lobe functioning (responsible for planning and
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