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Back to basics : empirical support for the importance of release planning in reducing sex offender recidivism

Willis, G. M. 2010, Back to basics : empirical support for the importance of release planning in reducing sex offender recidivism, Sexual abuse in Australia and New Zealand, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 54-57.

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Title Back to basics : empirical support for the importance of release planning in reducing sex offender recidivism
Author(s) Willis, G. M.
Journal name Sexual abuse in Australia and New Zealand
Volume number 2
Issue number 2
Start page 54
End page 57
Publisher Australia and New Zealand Association for Treatment of Sexual Abuse (A N Z A T S A)
Place of publication Haymarket, N.S.W.
Publication date 2010
ISSN 1833-8488
Summary This article reports findings from a series of empirical studies investigating whether poor release planning might contribute to sex offender recidivism. A coding protocol was developed to measure the comprehensiveness of release planning which included items relating to accommodation, employment, pro-social support, community based treatment, and the Good Lives Model (T. Ward & C.A. Stewart, 2003) secondary goods. The protocol was retrospectively applied to groups of recidivist and non recidivist child molesters, matched on static risk level and time since release. As predicted, overall release planning was significantly poorer for recidivists compared to non recidivists. The accommodation, employment, and social support items combined to best predict recidivism, with predictive accuracy comparable to that obtained using static risk models. Results highlighted the importance of release planning in efforts to reduce sex offender recidivism. Implications for policy makers and community members are briefly discussed.
Language eng
Field of Research 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences 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
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30040289

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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