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ERIC Number: ED453204
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr-13
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
An Offender Typology Based upon Psychoeducational Needs: A Collaborative Climate for Success.
Sloan, Mindy; Schafer, Mary Ann
This study developed a classification model for matching appropriate psychoeducational interventions with specific groups of adolescent sexual offenders. Participants were male juvenile sex offenders incarcerated as wards in the Continuum of Care Sex Offender Treatment Program of the California Department of Corrections. The treatment provided services to offenders while incarcerated and throughout their parole. Psychoeducational interventions were used to explain common laws, norms in mainstream American culture, and consequences for choosing behaviors outside the norms. The treatment team included specialized parole agents, youth counselors, supervisors, psychologists, and teachers. A formative and summative evaluation of the program was conducted over 3 years. The Offender Typology System was developed to classify juvenile offenders into one of four categories. The model described offenders relative to two dimensions (knowledge and skills and morality and values). Overall, treatment team members considered the typology system an accurate, usable, and simple system for identifying individual offender needs. They found that offenders identified as not caring about societal norms, laws, and consequences the most difficult to treat. The paper presents tips for helping teachers integrate their services into a treatment program for juvenile sex offenders (e.g., anger management, empathy development, relapse prevention tools). (Contains 10 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A