Evolutionary psychology and the rehabilitation of offenders : constraints and consequences

Ward, Tony and Durrant, Russil 2011, Evolutionary psychology and the rehabilitation of offenders : constraints and consequences, Aggression and violent behavior, vol. 16, no. 5, September-October, pp. 444-452, doi: 10.1016/j.avb.2011.02.011.

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Title Evolutionary psychology and the rehabilitation of offenders : constraints and consequences
Author(s) Ward, Tony
Durrant, Russil
Journal name Aggression and violent behavior
Volume number 16
Issue number 5
Season September-October
Start page 444
End page 452
Publisher Elsevier Science
Place of publication New York, N. Y.
Publication date 2011-09
ISSN 1359-1789
Keyword(s) evolution
offender rehabilitation
niche construction
Summary The mainstream view in criminology and correctional psychology is that evolutionary perspectives have little to offer researchers or practitioners and may in fact lead to overly reductionist and crude responses to the complex issue of crime and its consequences. However, in our view all the major evolutionary approaches to the explanation of human behavior have something of value to contribute, with niche construction providing a particularly useful lens upon crime and its management. In this paper we analyze the concept of rehabilitation and describe the key features of effective rehabilitation. We argue that niche construction is responsive to the cognitive versatility and behavioral flexibility of human beings and can also accommodate the important role of social and cultural scaffolding in the rehabilitation process.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.avb.2011.02.011
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Elsevier Ltd.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30034229

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