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Sequencing of Interventions with Offenders: An Addition to the Responsivity Principle

NCJ Number
Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice Volume: 13 Issue: 5 Dated: October-December 2013 Pages: 429-455
Zoe Stephenson, M.S.; Leigh Harkins, Ph.D.; Jessica Woodhams, Ph.D.
Date Published
November 2013
17 pages
This article highlights the importance of effective sequencing of interventions within correctional services.
Despite a growing recognition that the sequence in which rehabilitative interventions are delivered to offenders may impact the effectiveness of a set of interventions as a whole, relatively little research has been carried out to provide evidence to substantiate such claims. A narrative literature review was conducted to identify and analyze research in the field of rehabilitation, exploring developments made with reference to models of rehabilitation. The article proceeds to explore theories and research into the concepts of responsivity and readiness to change with reference to the process of behavioral change and discusses how theory can be linked to practice. Abstract published by arrangement with Taylor and Francis.