Evaluating the effectiveness of the national institute of corrections' "Thinking for a Change" program among probationers

Lori Suzanne Golden, Robert J. Gatchel, Melissa Anne Cahill

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Abstract

This study evaluated the effectiveness of a National Institute of Corrections' cognitive-behavioral program for adult offenders, entitled "Thinking for a Change". One hundred male and 42 female probationers were studied. Probationers assigned to the "Thinking for a Change" program were matched with a comparison group not assigned to the program and contrasted on interpersonal problem-solving skills pre-and post-program completion, and on recidivism at three months to one year post-program. Results indicate a trend towards lower recidivism, with 33% fewer subjects who completed the program committing new offenses, compared to those who did not attend the program, over a period of up to 12 months. Technical violations of probation were significantly higher for program dropouts than for completers or comparisons. Program completers improved significantly on interpersonal problem-solving skills after "Thinking for a Change", while the dropout and comparison groups had no such gains.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-73
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Offender Rehabilitation
Volume43
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 7 Nov 2006

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  • Cognitive-behavioral
  • Probation
  • Problem solving
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Golden, Lori Suzanne ; Gatchel, Robert J. ; Cahill, Melissa Anne. / Evaluating the effectiveness of the national institute of corrections' "Thinking for a Change" program among probationers. In: Journal of Offender Rehabilitation. 2006 ; Vol. 43, No. 2. pp. 55-73.
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In: Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, Vol. 43, No. 2, 07.11.2006, p. 55-73.

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