Rees-Jones, Angharad (2011)
Foren.Psy.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.
This thesis examines the utility of assessment tools and interventions with mentally disordered offenders (MDOs). A systematic review of the literature explores what can be learnt from efficacy studies of structured group work programmes, focusing upon the evidence base for 'what works'. It is concluded that there is evidence for the effectiveness of cognitive-behavioural interventions with MDOs but that more rigorous research needs to be conducted. The reliability and validity of the Social Problem Solving Inventory (SPSI) assessment tool is investigated and the limitations of using this tool in practical and research settings is discussed; with particular emphasis on the utility of the tool for research with MDOs. Finally, a novel group-work intervention; the Reasoning and Rehabilitation 2 (R&R2) programme, is investigated. The findings suggest that the R&R2 can be delivered successfully and is effective in reducing antisocial attitudes and beliefs. The low drop-out rate and responsive design of the programme has implications in assisting policy makers and practitioners to make decisions about management and treatment; as well as allocation of resources. The complexities of working with MDOs are highlighted throughout the thesis and the utility of the findings are discussed in relation to future research and intervention strategies.
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