Knowledge of group tendencies may not assist accurate predictions in the individual case. This has importance for forensic decision making and for the assessment tools routinely applied in forensic evaluations. In this article, we applied Monte Carlo methods to examine diagnostic agreement with different levels of inter-rater agreement given the distributional characteristics of PCL-R scores. Diagnostic agreement and score agreement were substantially less than expected. In addition, we examined the confidence intervals associated with individual predictions of violent recidivism.
- forensic practice
- decision making
- forensic evaluation
Cooke, D., & Michie, C. (2010). Limitations of diagnostic precision and predictive utility in the individual case: a challenge for forensic practice. Law and Human Behavior, 34(4), 259-274. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10979-009-9176-x