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Treatment readiness in violent offenders: The influence of cognitive factors on engagement in violence programs

University of Melbourne, Australia; University of South Australia, Australia; Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand; Nottingham University, United Kingdom
Aggression and Violent Behavior (Impact Factor: 1.95). 08/2008; DOI: 10.1016/j.avb.2008.04.003

ABSTRACT Advances in offender rehabilitation theory have led to the development of a clear framework of the factors that need consideration for an offender to be ready for therapy and thus gain maximum benefits. Here, we examine in greater detail the role of cognition in readiness for rehabilitation in violent offenders. We assess how cognitive processes and distortions common in violent offenders may affect and hamper rehabilitation readiness. Methods for remediation of cognitive factors that diminish readiness, including motivational interviewing, are discussed. We conclude that cognitive factors are critical in the assessment of readiness in violent offenders and therapeutic efforts to enhance engagement.

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