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NCJ Number: 220964 Find in a Library
Title: Assessing Suitability for Offender Rehabilitation: Development and Validation of the Treatment Readiness Questionnaire
Journal: Criminal Justice and Behavior: An International Journal  Volume:34  Issue:11  Dated:November 2007  Pages:1427-1440
Author(s): Sharon Casey; Andrew Day; Kevin Howells; Tony Ward
Date Published: November 2007
Page Count: 14
Type: Measurement/Evaluation Device
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper reports on the development and validation of a brief self-report measure (the Corrections Victoria Treatment Readiness Questionnaire) designed to assess treatment readiness in offenders who have been referred to a cognitive skills program.
Abstract: The Corrections Victoria Treatment Readiness Questionnaire (CVTRQ) scale itself exhibited good psychometric properties. It is internally consistent and has high levels of discriminant and convergent validity. The CVTRQ was able to predict treatment engagement and treatment performance at the mid-point of the program. It is concluded that the measure can play a valuable role in the assessment of offenders who are being considered for rehabilitative treatment. Although the needs to assess appropriate candidates for offender rehabilitation programs are widely acknowledged, few assessment tools are available that has been validated for use with offender populations. The objective of this study was to investigate the extent to which a self-report measure, the CVTRQ, validly predicted those offenders who were likely to be able to engage in a cognitive skills program. The CVTRQ is a 40-item self-report questionnaire that assesses readiness to participate in and engage with a cognitive skills training program. Participants in the study were 177 convicted male offenders referred to a cognitive skills program delivered in community and prison settings in Victoria, Australia. Tables and references
Main Term(s): Treatment effectiveness
Index Term(s): Cognitive therapy; Evaluation measures; Instrument validation; Offenders; Questionnaires; Testing and measurement; Treatment
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