Working with female offenders: a process of desistance

Purohit, Neha (2017). Working with female offenders: a process of desistance. University of Birmingham. Foren.Psy.D.

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This thesis considers the experiences of female offenders in their efforts to desist from offending. It also explores the potential impact of an intervention programme in the process of desistance.

The first chapter introduces desistance and outlines the aims of the thesis. The second chapter is a systematic literature review of the risk factors associated with female offending. It was found that mental health needs, parental stress, substance misuse and adverse experiences are associated with female offending.

The third chapter explores desistance in a sample of adult female offenders. Quantitative analysis found that Intermediate Outcomes Measurement Instrument (IOMI) showed significant improvements in areas including hope, interpersonal trust and impulsivity when women engaged in the Geese Theatre group. Interviews with female offenders showed that the following themes were identified as being associated with desistance: Skills and Attributes; The Usefulness of Programmes; Support; Purpose Driven Life; Risk Factors; and Consequences. The findings lent support to the desistance theories of cognitive transformation; self-control; self-identity; social control; and social capital.

Chapter four is a critique of the IOMI. In the final chapter the findings of each chapter are discussed with reference to the need for further research and the implications for current practice.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Foren.Psy.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Foren.Psy.D.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
School or Department: School of Psychology, Centre for Forensic and Criminological Psychology
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare


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