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NCJ Number: 208731 Find in a Library
Title: Evaluating the "Reasoning and Rehabilitation" Program for Young Offenders
Journal: Journal of Offender Rehabilitation  Volume:39  Issue:4  Dated:2004  Pages:31-45
Author(s): Jonathan Mitchell; Emma J. Palmer
Editor(s): Nathaniel J. Pallone Ph.D.
Date Published: 2004
Page Count: 15
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the effectiveness of the Reasoning and Rehabilitation program for juvenile offenders in an English prison, specifically reconviction and re-imprisonment.
Abstract: One of the most widely used and evaluated programs designed to reduce offending is the Reasoning and Rehabilitation (R and R) program. The R and R program attempts to address a series of cognitive deficits which are argued as playing an important role in the onset and maintenance of criminal behavior. The idea is that these maladaptive thinking patterns can be replaced with cognitive skills promoting pro-social behavioral choices. Most evaluative studies of the R and R program suggest it has a beneficial impact on recidivism, but little is known on its effectiveness with juvenile offenders. This study was designed to investigate whether completion of the Reasoning and Rehabilitation program reduces reconviction and re-imprisonment in juveniles after release from custody in England. Study participants consisted of 62 convicted male juvenile offenders who had been imprisoned between 1998 and 2000, and who had been released at least 18 months before the collection of reconviction data took place. Results indicate little difference in the reconviction and re-imprisonment rates of the treatment and comparison groups. Even though the reconviction rate for offenders in treatment was slightly lower, the difference was small and not statistically significant. References
Main Term(s): Treatment effectiveness
Index Term(s): Cognitive therapy; Juvenile offenders; Juvenile Recidivism; Juvenile recidivism prediction; Juvenile rehabilitation; Juvenile treatment evaluation; Juvenile treatment methods; Program evaluation; Psychiatric testimony; Treatment; Treatment techniques
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