Coerced offender rehabilitation : a defensible practice?

Day, Andrew, Tucker, Kylie and Howells, Kevin 2004, Coerced offender rehabilitation : a defensible practice?, Psychology, crime and law, vol. 10, no. 3, pp. 259-269, doi: 10.1080/10683160410001662753.

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Title Coerced offender rehabilitation : a defensible practice?
Author(s) Day, Andrew
Tucker, Kylie
Howells, Kevin
Journal name Psychology, crime and law
Volume number 10
Issue number 3
Start page 259
End page 269
Publisher Harwood Academic Publishers
Place of publication Chur, Switzerland
Publication date 2004-09
ISSN 1068-316X
Keyword(s) coercion
Summary The use of the criminal justice system to force offenders to receive psychological treatment is one of the most controversial aspects of service provision for offenders. Coerced treatment needs to be distinguished from pressured treatment, both having objective and subjective dimensions. In this paper some arguments for and against coerced offender rehabilitation are discussed. We suggest that coercing offenders into attending rehabilitation programmes (or placing legal pressure on them to attend) is unlikely by itself to lead to poorer outcomes. Rather, the individual's perception of coercion will be more influential in determining how an offender approaches treatment. Even when offenders perceive they are being coerced, it is likely that pre-treatment anti-therapeutic attitudes can change over the course of a programme, such that therapeutic gains (risk reduction) can occur. Coercion and its effects on treatment engagement and rehabilitation outcomes require further empirical research and conceptual analysis.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/10683160410001662753
Field of Research 170113 Social and Community Psychology
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2004, Taylor & Francis Ltd
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