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ERIC Number: EJ863288
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 93
ISSN: ISSN-1050-9674
Meta-Analysis, Moderators, and Treatment Effectiveness: The Importance of Digging Deeper for Evidence of Program Integrity
Shaffer, Deborah Koetzle; Pratt, Travis C.
Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, v48 n2 p101-119 2009
Meta-analyses of the correctional treatment literature have become increasingly common in recent years. These studies generally indicate that well-crafted treatment programs substantially reduce rates of recidivism. Nevertheless, a key issue that has emerged concerns the relative absence of detailed information on treatment program characteristics from published reports and articles that can be used in moderator analyses (i.e., which types of program characteristics "matter" with regard to the magnitude of treatment effects). In this article, we argue that meta-analysts need to go beyond what can be found in such printed reports and to instead investigate more systematically the treatment programs themselves for additional information. If so, a richer and more policy-relevant body of literature can emerge concerning "what works" in offender treatment. (Contains 11 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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