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ERIC Number: ED453494
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-May
Pages: 48
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A Study To Determine If Cognitive "Problem Solving Skills for Offenders" Is an Effective Method for Reducing Inmate Infractions in a Maximum-Security Level Institution.
Spradling, Tina M.
This paper examines whether a maximum security institution housing inmates can benefit from a pro-social cognitive skills class. The inmates were taught Cognitive Problem Solving Skills for Offenders (J. Taymans; S. Parese) to determine if the pro-social skills class had any effect on the number of infractions they accrued. All the participants (N=78) were male; 25 were white and 53 were black. Thirty-nine of the males participated in a problem-solving skills class for offenders. A follow-up inquiry 4 months after the completion of the program revealed that the inmates introduced to the class had a 60.3% reduction over the control group in disciplinary actions received. The results suggest that a constructive problem-solving model can assist inmates in avoiding disciplinary problems within the confines of a correctional center. Although the results suggest that significant evidence exists for implementing the program in a maximum security level institution, continued research is needed. (Contains 6 appendixes and 19 references.) (JDM)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
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Language: English
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