The Importance of Risk, Need, and Responsivity Factors in Predicting Reductions in Antisocial Attitudes and Cognitive Distortions Among Adult Male Offenders

Dana Jones Hubbard, Cleveland State University
Jennifer Pealer, University of Cincinnati
Edward J. Latessa, University of Cincinnati

Antisocial attitudes and cognitive distortions have been found to be among the strongest predictors of crime. In addition, the literature indicates that cognitive-behavioral programs that target these antisocial attitudes have been found to be effective. Changing antisocial attitudes in offenders should affect recidivism however, it is not known for which offender types the reductions are most likely. This study presents findings from a study on adult males in a secure community based correctional facility. Data were collected on risk, need, and responsivity factors such as intelligence, personality, history of sexual abuse, depression, and self-esteem to determine if any of these factors are related to reductions in cognitive distortions.

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