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Cognitive behavioral therapy : an effective treatment for convicted offenders ?

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  1. Research question
  2. Eligibility criteria
    1. Participants
    2. Intervention
    3. Control group
    4. Outcome measure
  3. Research designs
  4. Search strategy
    1. Key words
    2. Search engines
  5. Eligible research findings
    1. Armstrong T. A. (2003): The Effect of Moral Reconation Therapy on the recidivism of youthful offenders
    2. Berman, A. (2004): The reasoning and rehabilitation program
    3. Boston, C. (2001): Changing offenders' behavior
    4. Friendship, C., Mann, R., and Beech, A. (2003): The prison based Sex Offender Treatment Programme
    5. Greenwood, P. W., and Turner, S. (1993). Evaluation of the Paint Creek Youth Center
    6. Hall, E., Prendergast, M. L., Wellish J., Patten L., and Cao, Y. (2004): Treating drug-abusing women prisoners
    7. Henning, K. R., and Frueh, B.C. (1996): Cognitive behavioral treatment of incarcerated offenders
    8. Mitchell, J., and Palmer, E. J. (2004). Evaluating the 'Reasoning and Rehabilitation' Program for Young Offenders
    9. Van Voorhis, P., Spruance, L. M., Ritchey, P. N., Johson-Listwan, S. and Seabrook, R. (2004). The Georgia cognitive skills experiment
    10. Walters, G.D. (1999): Short-term outcome of inmates participating in the Lifestyle Change program
    11. Wilkinson, J. (2005): Evaluating evidence for the effectiveness of the reasoning and rehabilitation program
  6. Conclusions: A research synthesis
    1. Results
    2. Association with other factors
    3. Methodological differences
    4. Implications for research and policy
  7. References

Cognitive behavioral therapies (CBT) are considered by psychologists to be one of the most efficient ways to change people's behaviors by making them understand how their feelings and behaviors are caused by what they think. The objective of this review is to see whether or not cognitive behavioral therapy is effective in reducing recidivism for convicted offenders, by examining the available evidence in primary research studies. Cognitive behavioral therapies for offenders include programs such as Think for a Change, Reasoning and Rehabilitation or Moral Reconation Therapy, as well as all those programs that focus on the cognitive and emotional processes that lead a certain stimuli to elicit a particular behavioral response. As those programs can all be implemented at a relatively low cost, and intend to produce long-term beneficial changes in offenders' behaviors, it seems extremely important to examine their effectiveness.

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