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Cross-validation of the screening scale in an adult protective services sample

NCJ Number
254193
Date Published
2019
Length
13 pages
Author(s)
Rebecca J. Campbell; Evan Gross; Peter A. Lichtenberg
Agencies
NIJ-Sponsored
Annotation
This study applied the clinical cutoff scores derived from a previous study to a new sample of cases investigated by adult protective services agencies as possible financial exploitation of elderly persons.
Abstract
Adult Protective Services (APS) professionals are often called on to assess decision-making capacity when investigating financial exploitation. Previous research found that in consecutive APS cases, a decision-making screening scale (LFDSS) detected financial exploitation. The current study used a sample of 105 participants from APS workers across five counties to investigate the clinical utility of the LFDSS in detecting financial exploitation based on ratings by APS professionals using the scale. Results demonstrate that the LFDSS has excellent internal consistency and clinical utility. Thus, this study provides support for use of the LFDSS as a reliable and valid instrument. Instructions for use of the LFDSS are included in this article, along with information about online support tools. (publisher abstract modified)

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