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Striving for a good life : the good lives model applied to released child molesters

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posted on 2011-11-01, 00:00 authored by Gwenda Willis, Tony Ward
The good lives model (GLM) is a strengths-based approach to offender rehabilitation in which treatment aims to equip offenders with the skills and resources necessary to satisfy primary goods, or basic human values, in personally meaningful and socially acceptable ways. The aim of the present research was to explore the practical utility of the GLM with a sample of released child molesters, and investigate the relationship between primary goods attainment and overall re-entry conditions (in terms of accommodation, social support and employment). Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 16 child molesters at one, three and six months following their release from prison. As expected, participants endorsed the majority of GLM primary goods with high importance, and positive re-entry experiences were associated with increased goods attainment. Implications for clinicians, policy makers and society as a whole are discussed.

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Journal

Journal of sexual aggression

Volume

17

Issue

3

Pagination

290 - 303

Publisher

Routledge

Location

London, England

ISSN

1355-2600

eISSN

1742-6545

Language

eng

Notes

Article first available online 4th October 2011

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2010, Taylor & Francis

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