Original Articles

An Evaluation of the Reliability and Validity of the Self-Appraisal Questionnaire (SAQ) in South African Context

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 21, issue 1, 2011 , pages: 145–150
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2011.10820441
Author(s): Johan PrinslooUniversity of South Africa,, Ann-Mari HesselinkUniversity of South Africa,


The Self-Appraisal Questionnaire (SAQ: Loza, 2005) is a self-report questionnaire designed to assist with the prediction of violent and nonviolent recidivism among correctional populations. Use of scale could help in the assessment of risk and the identification of factors that could be addressed by programming or other intervention to reduce recidivism risk. Evidence for use of the SAQ in South African settings is needed. The SAQ was administered at two separate occasions and a week apart to a total of 125 male offenders in South Africa to evaluate its psychometric properties. Scores from the SAQ were reliable with South African inmates.

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