Reconstructing the Risk–Need–Responsivity model : a theoretical elaboration and evaluation

Ward, Tony, Melser, Joseph and Yates, Pamela M. 2007, Reconstructing the Risk–Need–Responsivity model : a theoretical elaboration and evaluation, Aggression and violent behavior, vol. 12, no. 2, March-April, pp. 208-228, doi: 10.1016/j.avb.2006.07.001.

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Title Reconstructing the Risk–Need–Responsivity model : a theoretical elaboration and evaluation
Author(s) Ward, Tony
Melser, Joseph
Yates, Pamela M.
Journal name Aggression and violent behavior
Volume number 12
Issue number 2
Season March-April
Start page 208
End page 228
Publisher Elsevier Science
Place of publication New York, N. Y.
Publication date 2007-03
ISSN 1359-1789
Keyword(s) risk–need–responsivity
Summary In this paper, we examine the theoretical strengths and weaknesses of the Risk–Need–Responsivity (RNR) model of offender rehabilitation. We briefly discuss the nature of rehabilitation theories and their core components and then review the three source theories associated with the RNR Model. Following this we set out to reconstruct the RNR model in light of this analysis, essentially arguing that there are at least three components to any rehabilitation theory: (a) primary aims, values and principles; (b) etiological and methodological assumptions; and (c) practice implications. We then evaluate the theoretical and empirical adequacy of the RNR model. Finally, we conclude the paper with a few comments on the policy, research, and clinical implications of our evaluation (and reconstruction) of this important rehabilitation model.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.avb.2006.07.001
Field of Research 170199 Psychology 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
Copyright notice ©2006, Elsevier
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