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Promoting forgiveness in violent offenders: A more positive approach to offender rehabilitation?

Day, Andrew, Gerace, Adam, Wilson, Catherine and Howells, Kevin 2008, Promoting forgiveness in violent offenders: A more positive approach to offender rehabilitation?, Aggression and violent behavior, vol. 13, no. 3, June/July, pp. 195-200, doi: 10.1016/j.avb.2008.03.004.

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Title Promoting forgiveness in violent offenders: A more positive approach to offender rehabilitation?
Author(s) Day, Andrew
Gerace, Adam
Wilson, Catherine
Howells, Kevin
Journal name Aggression and violent behavior
Volume number 13
Issue number 3
Season June/July
Start page 195
End page 200
Total pages 6
Publisher Elsevier Science
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2008-06
ISSN 1359-1789
1873-6335
Keyword(s) forgiveness
offender rehabilitation
anger management
empathy
Summary In this paper we suggest that the effectiveness of many offender rehabilitation programs may be further enhanced by the inclusion of interventions that build on existing motivation to change. Taking the example of anger management interventions delivered within the context of violent offender rehabilitation, we propose that the emphasis on positive personal change implicit in therapies designed to promote forgiveness may hold some promise. Such therapies may be useful in so far as they facilitate the development of perspective-taking skills, and assist in the therapeutic management of shame and guilt in ways that are likely to be engaging for violent offenders.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.avb.2008.03.004
Field of Research 170113 Social and Community Psychology
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2008
Copyright notice ©2008, Elsevier Ltd.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30020610

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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