Juvenile Detention Exam (JDE)

The Juvenile Detention Exam (JDE) is a brief, easily administered and automated (computer scored) detention center test. It is appropriate for troubled (male and female) youth. The Juvenile Detention Exam (JDE) consists of 109 items and can be completed in 15 to 20 minutes. The JDE has five scales (measures): 1. Truthfulness Scale, 2. Alcohol Scale, 3. Drugs Scale, 4. Violence (Lethality) Scale, and 5. Antisocial Scale.

Five Juvenile Detention Exam Scales

Why Use The Juvenile Detention Exam?

The Juvenile Detention Exam (JDE) is much more than just an alcohol or drug test. It gathers important self-report information quickly. JDE tests can be administered directly on the computer screen or in paper-and-pencil format. Regardless of how given, all JDE tests are scored on-site and also print reports in 2 minutes.

The Juvenile Detention Exam (JDE) is completed by the juvenile individually or in group testing settings. Reports are available within minutes of test completion. This procedure eliminates tedious, time consuming and error-prone hand scoring. JDE screening is fast and accurate.

The Juvenile Detention Exam (JDE) is a brief, easily administered and automated test designed for juvenile risk and needs assessment. The JDE takes 15 to 20 minutes to complete, the responses are computer scored, and printed reports are available in 2 minutes. The JDE produces objective results that can be trusted.

Advantages of Screening

Each Juvenile Detention Exam (JDE) scale score is classified in terms of the risk range it represents. These risk level classifications are calculated individually for each of the five empirically based scales as follows:

Risk Category

Risk Range Percentile

Total Percentage

Low Risk

0 - 39%


Medium Risk

40 - 69%


Problem Risk

70 - 89%


Severe Problem

90 - 100%


A juvenile's score on each of the five scales is calculated and classified in the appropriate risk range each time a juvenile is tested. These attained scores and associated risk ranges are clearly set forth and explained in JDE reports.

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