Journal of Offender Counseling Services Rehabilitation

Assessment of Short-Term Treatment Groups with Adjudicated First Offender Shoplifters

Dan Edwards, George Roundtree
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Gestalt psychotherapyResearchIndividual randomized controlled trials with big samples (n>30)English
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Abstract

120 adolescent or adult shoplifters were assigned to group therapy for 8 wks or to a no-treatment control. Group content included information on personality and communication skills from reality therapy, parent effectiveness training, Gestalt therapy, behavior modification, and assertiveness training. ANOVA revealed no significant posttreatment difference between the 2 groups on the MMPI Ego Strength scale, and no S in either group had been re-arrested at a 90-day follow-up. The role of low ego-integration in criminal activities is discussed, and it is recommended that future studies extend treatment and motivate participation so that legal pressures would not confound treatment effects in determining criminal behavior.

APA citation

Edwards, D., & Roundtree, G. (1982). Assessment of Short-Term Treatment Groups with Adjudicated First Offender Shoplifters. Journal Of Offender Counseling Services Rehabilitation, 6(1-2), 89-102. http://doi.org/10.1300/j264v06n01_07