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NCJ Number: 220377 Find in a Library
Title: Offending Behaviour Programmes in the Community: The Effects on Reconviction of Three Programmes with Adult Male Offenders
Journal: Legal and Criminological Psychology  Volume:12  Issue:Part 2  Dated:September 2007  Pages:251-264
Author(s): Emma J. Palmer; James McGuire; Juliet C. Hounsome; Ruth M. Hatcher; Charlotte A.L. Bilby; Clive R. Hollin
Date Published: September 2007
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: Great Britain Home Office Research Development and Statistics Directorate
London, SW1H 9AT, England
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This study examined the effect on reconviction of three general offending behavior programs run within a probation setting in England and Wales.
Abstract: Analysis findings indicate that, controlling for salient population factors, the offenders who had completed a program had a lower rate of reconviction as compared with noncompleters and comparison groups. In addition, non-completers had a higher rate of reconviction than the comparison group. The study provides cautious evidence for a completion effect as far as is possible within the confines of a high-quality, quasi-experimental design. Offending behavior programs attempt to reduce reoffending by changing offenders’ behavior through cognitive skills training. This approach is supported by the results of meta-analytic reviews of offender treatment. Employing a quasi-experimental design, this study presents findings of an evaluation of the effect on reconviction of three general offending behavior programs in the English and Welsh Probation Service with adult male offenders: Think First--addressing offenders’ social cognitive skills, Reasoning and Rehabilitation (R & R)--addressing the thinking styles commonly associated with offending, and Enhanced Thinking Skills (ETS)--a shorter alternative to the R & R program. Tables, references
Main Term(s): Treatment effectiveness
Index Term(s): Corrections effectiveness; England; Probation effectiveness; Probation evaluation; Probation or parole services; Probation outcome prediction; Recidivism; Recidivism statistics; Treatment/Therapeutic Community; Wales
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