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  NCJ Number: NCJ 241710     Find in a Library
  Title: Importance of Ecological Context for Correctional Rehabilitation Programs: Understanding the Micro- and Macro-Level Dimensions of Successful Offender Treatment
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  Author(s): Kevin A. Wright ; Travis C. Pratt ; Christopher T. Lowenkamp ; Edward J. Latessa
  Journal: Justice Quarterly  Volume:29  Issue:6  Dated:December 2012  Pages:775 to 798
  Date Published: 12/2012
  Page Count: 24
  Annotation: The resurgence of support for offender rehabilitation has led to an increased emphasis on correctional program integrity.
  Abstract: The resurgence of support for offender rehabilitation has led to an increased emphasis on correctional program integrity. Treatment programs are now being evaluated and tailored in accordance with the principles of effective intervention, which are rooted primarily in methods of individual behavior modification through a social learning approach. The problem with this exclusive focus on the individual is that it fails to recognize the importance of certain ecological factors that have been shown to be significant predictors of recidivism. The purpose of the current research, therefore, is to examine the impact of structural characteristics on both treatment program quality and effectiveness of halfway house programs in Ohio. The results reveal that ecological context influences the magnitude of program treatment effects largely indirectly though its influence on program quality. The implications of these findings for correctional theory and practice are discussed. Abstract published by arrangement with Taylor and Francis.
  Main Term(s): Offenders ; Rehabilitation
  Index Term(s): Halfway houses ; Recidivism ; Program evaluation ; Treatment offender matching ; Treatment intervention model ; Ohio
  Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
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