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Predicting offender recidivism among Swedish participants in the One-to-One CBT programme
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2009 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Priestley's One-to-One CBT programme is intended to reduce criminal recidivism. Data were collected from 1484 programme rounds in Sweden. 776 of these cases contained the data necessary for this study and were used in the analyses. The data included pre- and postprogramme test scores on areas addressed in the programme. The purpose of this study was to examine whether the tests or background data of participants have predictive properties for dropout and recidivism and whether test scores differ between sub-groups. To do this, t-tests and logistic regression analyses were performed. There were significant improvements on all scores post-programme. Only age predicted completion, with older participants being more likely to complete the program. Several variables were found to have predictive properties for recidivism. The most potent predictor for nonrecidivism was programme completion. The study finds a relation between some of the tests measuring psychological change, and recidivism. This partly supports the theory behind the programme.


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2009. , 45 p.
Keyword [en]
one to one, recidivism, prison, probation, criminal, kriminalvården, cbt, cognitive behavioural, cognitive behavioral, social skills, problem solving
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-28138OAI: diva2:222308
Available from: 2009-06-10 Created: 2009-06-08 Last updated: 2009-06-10Bibliographically approved

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