Risk of Recidivism Among Justice-Involved Veterans: A Systematic Review of the Literature


Journal Article

© 2014, © 2014 SAGE Publications. Empirical research on recidivism risk among justice-involved veterans (JIVs) is limited. Using the risk-need-responsivity model, we conducted a systematic review of research on risk factors for recidivism among JIVs to identify the gaps in this literature and provide recommendations for future research. Substance abuse and indicators of antisociality were consistently linked to justice involvement in veterans; however, the evidence for negative family/marital circumstances and lack of positive school/work involvement was mixed. Several known risk factors for reoffending among civilian offenders (i.e., antisocial cognitions and associates; lack of prosocial activities) were marked by little to no empirical studies among veterans. Posttraumatic stress and traumatic brain injury, particularly when combined with anger and irritability issues, may be veteran-specific risk factors for violent offending. The implications of these findings for policy and practice and challenges to implementing risk assessments with JIVs are discussed.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Blonigen, DM; Bui, L; Elbogen, EB; Blodgett, JC; Maisel, NC; Midboe, AM; Asch, SM; McGuire, JF; Timko, C

Published Date

  • December 1, 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 27 / 8

Start / End Page

  • 812 - 837

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1552-3586

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0887-4034

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/0887403414562602

Citation Source

  • Scopus