Promoting forgiveness in violent offenders: a more positive approach to offender rehabilitation?

Day, Andrew, Gerace, Adam, Wilson, Catherine, and Howells, Kevin (2008) Promoting forgiveness in violent offenders: a more positive approach to offender rehabilitation? Aggression and Violent Behavior, 13 (3). pp. 195-200.

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Abstract

In this paper we suggest that the effectiveness of many offender rehabilitation programs may be further enhanced by the inclusion of interventions that build on existing motivation to change. Taking the example of anger management interventions delivered within the context of violent offender rehabilitation, we propose that the emphasis on positive personal change implicit in therapies designed to promote forgiveness may hold some promise. Such therapies may be useful in so far as they facilitate the development of perspective-taking skills, and assist in the therapeutic management of shame and guilt in ways that are likely to be engaging for violent offenders.

Item ID: 47159
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1873-6335
Keywords: forgiveness, offender rehabilitation, anger management, empathy
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC)
Projects and Grants: ARC DP0452675
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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