Treatment readiness in violent offenders: the influence of cognitive factors on engagement in violence programs

Chambers, Jemma C., Eccleston, Lynne, Day, Andrew, Ward, Tony, and Howells, Kevin (2008) Treatment readiness in violent offenders: the influence of cognitive factors on engagement in violence programs. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 13 (4). pp. 276-284.

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Abstract

Advances in offender rehabilitation theory have led to the development of a clear framework of the factors that need consideration for an offender to be ready for therapy and thus gain maximum benefits. Here, we examine in greater detail the role of cognition in readiness for rehabilitation in violent offenders. We assess how cognitive processes and distortions common in violent offenders may affect and hamper rehabilitation readiness. Methods for remediation of cognitive factors that diminish readiness, including motivational interviewing, are discussed. We conclude that cognitive factors are critical in the assessment of readiness in violent offenders and therapeutic efforts to enhance engagement.

Item ID: 47158
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1873-6335
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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