ERIC Number: EJ723600
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 26
Cognitive-Behavioral Rehabilitation for High-Risk Violent Offenders: An Outcome Evaluation of the Violence Prevention Unit
Polaschek, Devon L. L.; Wilson, Nick J.; Townsend, Marilyn R.; Daly, Lorna R.
Journal of Interpersonal Violence, v20 n12 p1611-1627 2005
Rehabilitation programs for adult violent offending are still novel, and few published studies examine the recidivism outcomes of those who complete such programs. This study describes a New Zealand prison program for high-risk violent men. The program is intensive and cognitive behavioral. Preliminary outcome data are presented for three indices during 2 or more years of follow-up: nonviolentre conviction, violent reconviction, and subsequent imprisonment. In comparison with untreated offenders, treated men were less likely to be reconvicted of a violent offense, and those who were took longer to fail. There was also a 12% difference in favor of the treated men on the two other indices, nonviolent reconviction and reimprisonment. The authors conclude that the program shows early promise and that further evaluation with a larger sample of treated men will be important in clarifying whether the program is having a differential impact on violent versus nonviolent offending.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Rehabilitation Programs, Males, Correctional Institutions, Behavior Modification, Cognitive Restructuring, At Risk Persons, Recidivism, Violence, Correctional Rehabilitation, Adults, Program Effectiveness, Outcomes of Treatment
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand