Interventions to improve empathy awareness in sexual and violent offenders: conceptual, empirical, and clinical issues

Day, Andrew, Casey, Sharon, and Gerace, Adam (2010) Interventions to improve empathy awareness in sexual and violent offenders: conceptual, empirical, and clinical issues. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 15 (3). pp. 201-208.

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Abstract

Interventions that seek to increase empathy are a common feature of programs offered to sexual and violent offenders. Yet, there is little empirical evidence to suggest that they contribute positively to program outcomes. This paper explores the rationale for the delivery of empathy training with violent offenders, describes some of the most commonly used approaches, and reviews the current evidence base relating to effectiveness. It is concluded that while there are strong theoretical grounds for identifying empathy deficits as an important area of criminogenic need, there are considerable difficulties in establishing the extent to which the interventions offered in this area might be considered to be successful in reducing risk.

Item ID: 47143
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1873-6335
Keywords: empathy, violence, offender, rehabilitation
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2017 07:50
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170104 Forensic Psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940408 Rehabilitation and Correctional Services @ 100%
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