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Title: Decision making training in a jail setting: recidivism and predictors of success
Authors: Batastini, Ashley Brianne
Keywords: Psychology;Recidivism -- Decison making;Criminals -- United States
Issue Date: 27-May-2010
Abstract: Thresholds is a cognitive-skills intervention that was developed based on the idea that individuals who engage in criminal activity lack the appropriate thinking skills, such as decision-making, to achieve their goals in socially acceptable ways. It is currently being delivered in several facilities throughout southeastern Pennsylvania and Delaware. The primary purpose of this study was to examine whether offenders who completed the Thresholds Program have lower recidivism rates than offenders who either did not receive the full dosage of treatment or who did not participate in the program. Overall, results indicate no significant differences in recidivism rates among study conditions. However, there were several gender and age differences found between groups. Secondarily, this study examined which factors best predict future criminal behavior. Participants in the non-treatment comparison group were at a significantly higher risk for re-offending than participants with at least some treatment exposure. No other predictor variables were significantly related to recidivism. Limitations and suggestions for future research are discussed.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1860/3229
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