Evaluation of Cognitive Programs for Incarcerated Women Offenders

Patricia Van Voorhis, University of Cincinnati
Lisa M. McCartan, University of Cincinnati
Michelle Schmitt, Virginia Dept. of Correctional Education
Georgia Spiropoulos, University of Cincinnati

While the success of cognitive behavioral programs with male inmates has been well-documented, effectiveness with females is less clear. This study evaluates the effectiveness of two cognitive behavioral programs. "Pathfinders" and "Problem Solving Skills for Offenders," for medium to high-security female offenders at a Southern institution. Subjects were randomly assigned to three groups: two experimental groups and one comparison group. The study tests the program's effects on institutional behaviors, assessed coping skills (EQI) and stress (CESD).

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