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Title: Moral Reconation Therapy and Problem Behavior in the Oklahoma Department of Corrections: Draft Version Final Report; Part I
Author(s): D L MacKenzie; R Brame; A R Waggoner; K D Robinson
Corporate Author: University of Maryland
Dept of Criminal Justice and Criminology
United States of America
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 271
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
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Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report presents the methodology and findings of an evaluation of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections' Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT), which aims to change and improve individuals' moral reasoning skills.
Abstract: In late 1993 Oklahoma Department of Corrections officials implemented a cognitive behavioral treatment program through the correctional system. Earlier evaluations of MRT used in a Tennessee therapeutic community yielded promising results. Relying on official records of institutional misconduct and community recidivism, this analysis of Oklahoma's implementation of MRT compared the behavior of individuals who participated in MRT with individuals who participated in other programs, as well as with individuals who did not participate in any programming. The longitudinal nature of the analysis also facilitated an examination of behavioral changes within individuals before and after they began programs. Results of the analysis show that the decision to participate in MRT and in other programs was the outcome of a nonrandom process; closure on the issue of group comparisons is premature, because treatment effects and factors that lead to initiation are difficult to disentangle; and among individuals who participated in MRT, the program apparently yielded moderate but statistically significant reductions in the risk of misconduct and recidivism. Limitations of the analysis include a need to better understand the process that leads to program initiation, large quantities of missing data, and relatively short follow-up periods (less than 1 year in most cases). Extensive tabular data and figures and 152 references
Main Term(s): Corrections effectiveness
Index Term(s): Behavior modification; Cognitive therapy; Moral development; Oklahoma
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