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NCJ Number: 93918 Find in a Library
Title: Treatment and the Role of Classification - A review of Basics
Journal: Crime and Delinquency  Volume:30  Issue:2  Dated:(April 1984)  Pages:245-267
Author(s): T Palmer
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 21
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article reviews the nature of treatment and its socially centered as well as offender-centered goals, and focuses on 'positive treatment program' (PTP's) as distinguished from 'drastic rehabilitation approaches.'
Abstract: The effectiveness of PTP's in reducing illegal behavior (treatment's socially centered -- and primary -- goal) is discussed, and major factors underlying the 'nothing works' versus 'something works' controversy are outlined. Current areas of disagreement and agreement between treatment skeptics and treatment proponents are then summarized. The rationale, assumptions, goals, and major approaches to classification for treatment purposes are reviewed, as are its main advantages and current limitations. Finally, several false assumptions, stereotypes, and misunderstandings regarding treatment and its future possibilities are noted, as are its undeniable limitations as well as unique potentials. (Author abstract)
Index Term(s): Offender classification; Treatment; Treatment offender matching
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