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Critique of Models and Measures of Treatment Readiness in Offenders

NCJ Number
Aggression and Violent Behavior Volume: 19 Issue: 4 Dated: July/August 2014 Pages: 383-389
Annik Mossière; Ralph Serin
Date Published
August 2014
7 pages
This paper reviews the current methods of defining and measuring the construct of offender treatment readiness.
This review of the current methods of defining and measuring the construct of offender treatment readiness found that there is a lack of consensus regarding the construct of offender treatment readiness. In addition, while the review found that various instruments have been developed to examine treatment readiness, few efforts have been put forth to validate the variables and elements encompassed by the construct. The development of effective constructs for assessing offender readiness for treatment is important for determining program referrals for offenders, reducing dropout rates, and improving program efficiency and efficacy. This paper examines the underlying models/frameworks concerning treatment readiness, and presents information on the existing scales that measure readiness and related constructs, the transtheoretical model of change, the multifactor offender readiness model, and measures based on other theories. Implications for practice regarding the readiness measures described and directions for future research are discussed. Tables and references