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NCJ Number: 219756 Find in a Library
Title: Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Offenders: The Current Landscape and Some Future Directions for Correctional Psychology
Journal: Criminal Justice and Behavior  Volume:34  Issue:7  Dated:July 2007  Pages:879-892
Author(s): J. Stephen Wormith; Richard Althouse; Mark Simpson; Lorraine R. Reitzel; Thomas J. Fagan; Robert D. Morgan
Date Published: July 2007
Page Count: 14
Publisher: http://www.sagepub.com/ 
Type: Literature Review
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article offers a review of the effectiveness of correctional treatment for adult offenders and specialized treatment for substance abuse offenders and sexual offenders and presents directions for future research on correctional treatment.
Abstract: Following the empirically guided research review on correctional treatment effectiveness, the authors call for greater collaboration between correctional practitioners and researchers. The clinical demands of offender treatment on practitioners impede their rigorous evaluation of current treatment models and, as such, evaluations may be better left to researchers. On the other hand, researchers lack access and valuable insights regarding prison life. Together, practitioners involved in offender treatment and researchers can implement treatment-outcome evaluations that are not overly burdensome. Researchers are cautioned to avoid a sole focus on recidivism and instead conduct multiple source assessments that include behavioral assessments, functional domain assessments, collateral assessments, and quality of care assessments. In making this argument, the authors review the treatment literature on offender rehabilitation and identify the general principles of offender intervention, including risk, need, and responsivity. The common themes of cognitive-behavioral interventions and the importance of treatment integrity emerged throughout the research review. While reviewing the research literature on offender rehabilitation, the authors pose pressing questions regarding the nuances of effective service delivery, such as client motivation. Notes, references
Main Term(s): Rehabilitation; Treatment effectiveness
Index Term(s): Evaluation of evaluation; Research and development
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