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Risk Inventory and Strengths Evaluation

Sam Goldstein, PhD, and David Herzberg, PhD

Measures high-risk behaviors and pyschological strengths
Paper and pencil
Age range:
9 years to 25 years
15-20 minutes
Qualification level:
A degree from an accredited 4-year college or university in psychology, counseling, speech-language pathology, or a closely related field plus satisfactory completion of coursework in test interpretation, psychometrics and measurement theory, educational statistics, or a closely related area; or license or certification from an agency that requires appropriate training and experience in the ethical and competent use of psychological tests. Close

Provides a comprehensive understanding of both high-risk behaviors and psychological strengths across home, school, and community settings. 

Features and benefits

  • The RISE Index score compares the individual's strengths and risk factors, which helps develop a well-informed intervention plan. 
  • Risk areas covered include drug and alcohol use, self-harm, bullying and aggression, sexual risk, suicidal behavior, eating and sleeping problems, and deliquency. 
  • Strengths areas covered include support from family, communication skills, self-confidence, support from friends, empathy, interpersonal skills, and emotional balance. 
  • Cutoff scores identify high-risk status.
  • Easy to administer, score, and interpret.

Test structure

  • Includes Parent, Teacher, and Self-Report forms. 
  • Norm-referenced T scores measure overall levels of risky behavior and pyschological assets as well as specific strengths. 
  • Response validity scores provide a check on inconsistent responding and positive or negative response style.

Technical information

  • Validated on a variety of clinical samples, including individuals recieving interventions for high-risk behaviors such as gang involvment, suicidal and self-harming behaviors, and substance abuse. 
  • Includes response validity scales to check for inconsistent responding or an overly positive or negative presentation. 
  • Based on a nationally representative sample of more than 1,000 cases.