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NCJ Number: NCJ 242734     Find in a Library
Title: “I Used to Be an Offender—Now I'm a Defender”: Positive Psychology Approaches in the Facilitation of Posttraumatic Growth in Offenders
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Author(s): Ann Mapham ; Kate Hefferon
  Journal: Journal of Offender Rehabilitation  Volume:51  Issue:6  Dated:August - September 2012  Pages:389 to 413
Date Published: 09/2012
Page Count: 25
  Annotation: This study identified positive psychology concepts and interventions in an offender rehabilitation program in South Africa.
Abstract: This study identifies positive psychology concepts and interventions in an offender rehabilitation program in South Africa. The concepts and interventions are cross-referenced to the literature and are found to conform to the principles of the good lives-desistance model (Laws & Ward, 2011). The study uses inductive thematic analysis (Braun & Clarke, 2006) to assess the impact of the program on fourteen ex-offenders and proposes an answer to the question, “What does desistance look like?” (Maruna, 2001). In this study it appears that desistance may be related to posttraumatic growth (Tedeschi, 2011), and this raises the possibility that rehabilitation programs that encourage posttraumatic growth could be effective in facilitating desistance. Further research is recommended into programs that use positive psychology interventions and posttraumatic growth methods due to the fact that existing valid programs may be at risk of being rejected by authorities who use the “what works” and risks need responsivity model (Bonta & Andrews, 2007) as a benchmark. Abstract published by arrangement with Taylor and Francis.
Main Term(s): Offenders ; Rehabilitation
Index Term(s): Psychology ; Program evaluation ; Intervention ; South Africa
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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