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Interventions to improve empathy awareness in sexual and violent offenders : conceptual, empirical, and clinical issues

Day, Andrew, Casey, Sharon and Gerace, Adam 2010, Interventions to improve empathy awareness in sexual and violent offenders : conceptual, empirical, and clinical issues, Aggression and violent behavior, vol. 15, no. 3, May/June, pp. 201-208, doi: 10.1016/j.avb.2009.12.003.

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Title Interventions to improve empathy awareness in sexual and violent offenders : conceptual, empirical, and clinical issues
Author(s) Day, Andrew
Casey, Sharon
Gerace, Adam
Journal name Aggression and violent behavior
Volume number 15
Issue number 3
Season May/June
Start page 201
End page 208
Total pages 8
Publisher Elsevier Science
Place of publication New York, N.Y.
Publication date 2010-05
ISSN 1359-1789
1873-6335
Keyword(s) empathy
violence
offender
rehabilitation
Summary Interventions that seek to increase empathy are a common feature of programs offered to sexual and violent offenders. Yet, there is little empirical evidence to suggest that they contribute positively to program outcomes. This paper explores the rationale for the delivery of empathy training with violent offenders, describes some of the most commonly used approaches, and reviews the current evidence base relating to effectiveness. It is concluded that while there are strong theoretical grounds for identifying empathy deficits as an important area of criminogenic need, there are considerable difficulties in establishing the extent to which the interventions offered in this area might be considered to be successful in reducing risk.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.avb.2009.12.003
Field of Research 170104 Forensic Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 940403 Criminal Justice
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2010, Elsevier Ltd.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30029482

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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