skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


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
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
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.