A New Take on Adaptive Functioning Within Correctional Facilities

Date of Award


Document Type

Doctoral Research Paper

Degree Name



Graduate School of Professional Psychology

First Advisor

Lavita Nadkarni, Ph.D.

Second Committee Member

W. Neil Gowensmith, Ph.D.

Third Committee Member

Jessica Flermoen, Psy.D.


Forensics, Tests, Adaptive, Adaptive functioning, Measures, Inmates, Assessments, Corrections

Publication Statement

Copyright held by the author. Permanently suppressed.


Although correctional facilities have been utilizing adaptive functioning measures for decades, none of the current measures are normed to the correctional population. The present research is an exploratory study of the opinions of psychologists working within correctional facilities in a Western state regarding their understanding and utilization of adaptive functioning measures as well as their related opinions regarding what those tests could improve on when using them with a correctional population. This researcher hypothesized that psychologists would endorse minimal numbers of assessment measures that they have available to them and that they find many of the assessments not applicable to a correctional population. This hypothesis was supported. Additionally, this researcher provided recommendations for future adaptive functioning measures, as well as recommendations for what practitioners could do to improve on their current practices.


31 pgs

Paper Method

Empirical - Qualitative

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