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Master of Arts (MA)




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First Advisor

Edward Bennett

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The paper describes an application of cognitive psychological techniques to a program of discharge planning for offenders from a medium security Correctional Centre. It contains a review of alternative methods of discharge planning, outlines the development of cognitive treatment techniques, and explains the rationale for applying these techniques to incarcerated offenders. A quasi-experimental approach is utilized, comparing a group that experienced a combination of Interpersonal Cognitive Problem-Solving, an affective component, self-initiation and relapse prevention with no treatment comparison groups. A significant improvement was in the experiment group in their ability to solve problems as measured by the Means End Problem-Solving Inventory (Platt & Spivack, 1989). The groups were also compared in their ability to select alternatives as measured by the Social Insight Scale (Cassel, 1976) and their expression of anger and hostility as measured by the Buss-Durkee Scale (Buss, Fisher & Simmons, 1962). While significant results were observed, the results must be viewed with caution. When compared to the control group, the experimental group displayed promising results in terms of recidivism. The complications encountered conducting longitudinal research within a correctional facility are discussed.

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