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Title: Differences between Completers and Non-Completers of Offending Behaviour Programmes: Impulsivity, Social Problem Solving and Criminal Thinking
Authors: Palmer, Emma J.
Humphries, Lisa M.
First Published: 28-Sep-2015
Publisher: Wiley
Citation: Legal and Criminological Psychology, 2015 (In press)
Abstract: Purpose: This study examined whether there were significant differences between completers and non-completers of an offending behaviour programme on pre-programme measures of impulsivity, social problem-solving, and criminal thinking. Methods: Participants were 299 male offenders serving a community order with the requirement to attend an offending behaviour programme in England and Wales. Results: The results showed that non-completers had significantly higher levels of non-planning impulsivity than completers. Furthermore, non-completers were at a higher risk of reconviction. No significant differences were found between completers and non-completers for social problem-solving and criminal thinking, as well as no significant differences between the two groups for age. Conclusions: The findings highlight the importance of retaining high risk and impulsive offenders in treatment programmes.
DOI Link: 10.1111/lcrp.12089
ISSN: 1355-3259
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2015 The British Psychological Society. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Palmer, E. J. and Humphries, L. M. (2015), Differences between completers and non-completers of offending behaviour programmes: Impulsivity, social problem-solving, and criminal thinking. Legal and Criminological Psychology. doi: 10.1111/lcrp.12089, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
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