The Pattern of Relationships Between the Effects of Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention on the Recidivism of Offenders and the Effects in Other Outcome Domains

Gabrielle L. Chapman, Vanderbilt University

ABSTRACT
Research reviews and mata-analyses have often identified cognitive-behavioral programs among those most effective for reducing the recidivism of offenders. This paper presents the results of a meta-analysis on the effectiveness of such programs for juvenile and adult offenders. The analysis examines a range of outcome variables extending beyond recidivism, including academic and vocational achievement, psychological variables, and social skills. This study assesses the impact of cognitive-behavioral interventions on these outcomes and identifies the pattern of relationships between recidivism effects and changes in these other outcome domains.

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