modifying criminality- anger management evaluation

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  • anger management evaluation
    • Success of anger management programmes
      • Generally successful
      • Taylor and Novaco 2006 - 75% improvement rates based on 6 meta-analyses
      • Landenbereger and Lipsey 2005 - analysed 58 studies using CBT with offenders, 20 studies where anger control was key component, found that ager control was significantly related to amount of improvement
      • However, howells et al 2005 - 5 meta analysis, showed only moderate benefits of anger management programme and in one study only one person improved (Law 1997)
    • Limitations of anger management programs
      • CBT isn't for everyone, some offenders don't like to reflect on their thinking
      • Some individuals may drop out of voluntary anger management programmes
      • Alternative - drama based courses which rely on verbal ability and are more engaging
      • Blacker et al 2008 - number of these programs have been successful
      • Research shows one way to cope with dropouts is assess ‘readiness to change’ before start of anger management, avoid wasting time for those who won't benefit (Howells and Day 2003) - scales to measure ‘anger readiness to change questionnaire’
      • Anger management programmes are best as part of wider therapeutic approach
    • Lack of voluntary consent  - ethical
      • Many cases offenders required to take part - such participation is against ethical code for therapists
      • Anger management and domestic violence professionals’ ethical code says based, when appropriate, on valid informed consent
      • Ethical issues also balance between cost and benefits for individuals and society through anger reduction
    • Benefits for prison environment - social
      • Anger management programmes have benefits for for prison staff and other prisoners when used in prison environment
      • Have potential to reduce aggression and violence - if we accept they are linked
      • Even without link to aggression and violence, anger on its own creates hostile environment


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