A cognitive approach to the treatment of offenders

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Summary: This is an initial attempt to apply the principles of cognitive therapy to the treatment of adult offenders. The paper includes a brief presentation of the basic theory of cognitive therapy and a discussion of its relevance to criminal behaviour. It then describes a group of treatment techniques, with examples of their application. The interventions fall into three general categories: cognitive restructing and impulse control, problem-solving and social-skills training, and cognitive stimulation. Some of the techniques are borrowed, with adaptations. from the literature of cognitive therapy and some are presented here for the first time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)619-633
Number of pages15
JournalBritish Journal of Social Work
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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