ERIC Number: ED167928
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Intensive Crisis Intervention with Ex-Convicts: A Controlled Field Study Experiment.
Kantor, Stuart; Caron, Herbert S.
The ex-con's return home can be viewed as a potential crisis, wherein attempts to assist him in a successful transition can be helpful. From a group of first felonists about to be released on parole, 18 matched pairs were identified. One member of each pair was randomly selected and offered intensive outreach crisis counseling; the second member of each pair became a control subject. Although small, consistent negative findings were observed, data analysis suggests that positive outcomes were associated with counseling of poorer quality. It appears likely, however, that much of the counseling was of too poor a quality to be an important factor in the client's adjustment. Reasons for this low level of service include overestimation of the ex-con's "re-entry crisis," the unique difficulties inherent in outreach counseling, counselor inexperience and inadequate program funding. Intensive crisis counseling, with certain modifications in method, could be an effective means of reducing recidivism among recently released convicts. A new theoretical conception of crisis suggests that the person in crisis must also be in a state of "searching" for crisis intervention to have its special impact. (Author)
Descriptors: Correctional Rehabilitation, Counseling Effectiveness, Counselor Characteristics, Criminals, Crisis Intervention, Inner City, Intervention, Prisoners, Probationary Period, Recidivism, Reentry Students, Rehabilitation Counseling
The Menninger Foundation, Box 829, Topeka, Kansas 66601
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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