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Does executive functioning predict improvement in offenders' behaviour following enhanced thinking skills training?

Mullin, Stephen and Simpson, Jane (2007) Does executive functioning predict improvement in offenders' behaviour following enhanced thinking skills training? Legal and Criminological Psychology, 12 (1). pp. 117-131. ISSN 1355-3259

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Abstract

PurposeThis study focused upon whether outcome following Enhanced Thinking Skills (ETS) groups for incarcerated offenders could be predicted by the offenders' pre-training levels of executive function. It also addressed whether this predictive function was above and beyond that predicted by intelligence, demographic information, conviction history, emotional distress and social compliance. MethodsOffenders due to undergo ETS were assessed using a battery of neuropsychological measures of executive functioning and other psychometric instruments. Change in behaviour following ETS was assessed using the Behaviour Rating Scale (BRS). The results of this assessment were entered into regression analyses, with the post-ETS changes in the positive and negative scales of the BRS as the independent variables in 2 separate analyses. ResultsAspects of executive functioning related to attentional set shifting ability were found to be highly predictive of outcome, with those with relatively weaker executive functioning showing the most improvement. Participant age and number of previous convictions were found to be predictive of reductions in negative behaviour but not of improvements in positive behaviour, with older participants and those with more previous convictions showing the greatest degree of improvement. ConclusionsETS can be of particular benefit to those offenders with relatively poor executive functioning.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Legal and Criminological Psychology
Additional Information: PG Intake 2001
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 33796
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 05 Jul 2010 16:17
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 17:28
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/33796

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