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NCJ Number: 158139 Find in a Library
Title: Responsivity Principle and Offender Rehabilitation
Journal: Forum on Corrections Research  Volume:7  Issue:3  Dated:September 1995  Pages:34-37
Author(s): J Bonta
Date Published: September 1995
Page Count: 4
Document: HTML|PDF
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: This article discusses the responsivity principle, and the ways in which different staff characteristics and treatment types can affect offenders.
Abstract: Staff characteristics that affect the way in which staff and inmates interact include interpersonal sensitivity, awareness of social rules, empathy, and verbal skills. Structured, cognitive behavioral treatment seems to be more effective in working with offenders than nonbehavioral, relationship-oriented approaches. Responsivity factors that are prevalent within inmate populations include poor social skills, inadequate problem-solving skills, concrete-oriented thinking, and poor verbal skills. Many responsivity factors found among offenders also function as risk factors; for example, a diagnosis of antisocial personality disorder or psychopathy integrates questions of risk, criminogenic needs, and responsivity. 1 figure, 1 table, and 8 notes
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): Inmate staff relations; Inmate treatment
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