An Exploration of Risk and Protective Characteristics of Violent Youth Offenders in Singapore across Adolescent Developmental Stages
Li Lian Koh, Andrew Day, Bianca Klettke, Michael Daffern, Chi Meng Chu
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF FORENSIC MENTAL HEALTH | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2021
The risk and protective factors in a sample of 224 Singaporean youths who have engaged in violence are investigated using the SAVRY the VRS-YV, and the SAPROF-YV. Youths in the early and middle stages of adolescence exhibited more risk factors and fewer protective factors than late stage adolescents. This may be due to cultural and societal influences as well as maturation processes which guide the development of risk and protective factors over the course of adolescence. These findings highlight the importance of developing treatment programs for violent youth that are developmentally matched and which address specific areas of need.