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Prisoners’ motivations for therapeutic community treatment: in search of a “different” approach to offender rehabilitation

Prisoners’ motivations for therapeutic community treatment: in search of a “different” approach to offender rehabilitation
Prisoners’ motivations for therapeutic community treatment: in search of a “different” approach to offender rehabilitation
Offenders' motivations to undertake rehabilitative programmes are underexplored. Drawing upon semi-ethnographic research, this article considers the reasons why prisoners apply to join a democratic therapeutic community. It identifies a typology of motivation to participate, and determines that most applicants are seeking an alternative to the rehabilitative hegemony of structured, manualized, cognitive-behavioural interventions. The findings have important implications for correctional staff, and in particular, offender managers, who are best placed to identify and encourage suitable offenders to apply for administration.
motivation, offending behaviour programmes, prison, rehabilitation, therapeutic community
0264-5505
152-167
Stevens, Alisa
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Stevens, Alisa
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Stevens, Alisa (2013) Prisoners’ motivations for therapeutic community treatment: in search of a “different” approach to offender rehabilitation. Probation Journal, 60 (2), 152-167. (doi:10.1177/0264550513478321).

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Offenders' motivations to undertake rehabilitative programmes are underexplored. Drawing upon semi-ethnographic research, this article considers the reasons why prisoners apply to join a democratic therapeutic community. It identifies a typology of motivation to participate, and determines that most applicants are seeking an alternative to the rehabilitative hegemony of structured, manualized, cognitive-behavioural interventions. The findings have important implications for correctional staff, and in particular, offender managers, who are best placed to identify and encourage suitable offenders to apply for administration.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 1 May 2013
Published date: June 2013
Keywords: motivation, offending behaviour programmes, prison, rehabilitation, therapeutic community
Organisations: Social Sciences

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Local EPrints ID: 348688
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/348688
ISSN: 0264-5505
PURE UUID: c2951a2c-55cb-4aa2-bdb8-d5ae557f7fc6

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Date deposited: 18 Feb 2013 13:36
Last modified: 20 Nov 2021 13:52

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Author: Alisa Stevens

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