The process of change in offender rehabilitation programmes

Day, Andrew, Bryan, Janet, Davey, Linda and Casey, Sharon 2006, The process of change in offender rehabilitation programmes, Psychology, crime and law, vol. 12, no. 5, pp. 473-487, doi: 10.1080/10683160500151209.

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Title The process of change in offender rehabilitation programmes
Author(s) Day, Andrew
Bryan, Janet
Davey, Linda
Casey, SharonORCID iD for Casey, Sharon
Journal name Psychology, crime and law
Volume number 12
Issue number 5
Start page 473
End page 487
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Oxon, England
Publication date 2006-10
ISSN 1068-316X
Keyword(s) process
Summary Whilst the overall effectiveness of offender rehabilitation programmes in reducing recidivism is now well established, there has been less discussion of the reasons why rehabilitation programmes may be unsuccessful for some offenders. In this paper we suggest that models of change developed in counselling and psychotherapy may have utility in explaining how offender rehabilitation programmes bring about change, and argue that the dominance of cognitive-behavioural treatments in the rehabilitation field means that those offenders who have particularly low levels of problem awareness may be at increased risk of treatment failure. Understanding more about the mechanisms by which programmes help offenders to desist from offending is likely to lead to the development of more responsive and, ultimately, more effective programmes. Some suggestions for those involved in the delivery of offender rehabilitation programmes include: being mindful of the sequence of components of programmes, the development of preparation (or readiness) programmes and offering a broad suite of programmes to cater for different stages of problem awareness and assimilation among offenders.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/10683160500151209
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, Taylor & Francis
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