Cognitive Skills Behavior Programs for Offenders in the Community: A Reconviction Analysis

Hollin, Clive, McGuire, James, Hounsome, Juliet C., Hatcher, Ruth, Bilby, Charlotte and Palmer, Emma (2008) Cognitive Skills Behavior Programs for Offenders in the Community: A Reconviction Analysis. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 35 (3). pp. 269-283. ISSN 0093-8548

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0093854807312234

Abstract

This study presents the findings of an evaluation of the effect on reconviction of three general offending behavior programs involving adult male offenders in the English and Welsh Probation Service. Using a quasi-experimental design controlling for population factors, there was no difference in the reconviction rates of offenders allocated to programs and a comparison group. Offenders who completed a program had a lower rate of reconviction compared to the nonstarter, noncompleter, and comparison groups. A range of explanations for this “completion effect” is discussed, particularly with regard to the emerging literature on readiness to change.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: offending behavior programs, evaluation, reconviction, noncompletion, community interventions
Subjects: C800 Psychology
L500 Social Work
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Social Sciences & Languages
Depositing User: Ellen Cole
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2012 11:36
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:15
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/4700

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