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NCJ Number: 123150 Find in a Library
Title: Group Counseling and the High Risk Offender
Journal: Federal Probation  Volume:54  Issue:1  Dated:(March 1990)  Pages:48-51
Author(s): J M Robertson
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 4
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Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A group counseling program for adult probationers in Alabama was evaluated in terms of the level of participation and recidivism of different types of offenders.
Abstract: Information came from 90 individuals who had been ordered to group counseling in the Northern District of Alabama as a requirement of their probation supervision. They were scheduled for one, 3-hour session each week for 13 weeks. The group counseling was modeled on Maxie Maultsby's theory of rational behavior training. The individuals were classified into minimum, medium, or maximum supervision categories according to common traits measured in the Federal probation system. Findings showed that success on probation was directly related to the level of participation in the program, but that the groups performed exactly as predicted before counseling. Thus, the mandatory group counseling had no proven effect on the statistically predicted behavior of offenders. Tables and 13 references.
Main Term(s): Group therapy
Index Term(s): Alabama; Counseling; Probation outcome prediction; Probationers
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