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Predicting dropout of male perpetrators from the Cognitive Self Change

Dixon, Louise and Beech, Anthony and Stokes, Hayley (2009) Predicting dropout of male perpetrators from the Cognitive Self Change. The Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Studies. pp. 36-44.

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This study aims to use pre-treatment assessment scores to predict the dropout of 103 incarcerated male violent perpetrators undertaking a long term aggression programme, namely the Cognitive Self Change Programme (CSCP), in six English prisons. A hierarchy of best predictors of attrition in this sample is developed. Results found eight out of the 46 assessment variables analysed had a significant association with treatment dropout. Further to this Discriminant Function analysis predicted group membership with 80% accuracy, successfully distinguishing perpetrators who dropped out of the programme from those who completed it. The findings support the use of identifying risk factors pre-treatment to predict dropout and offer a practical way to identify group members likely to drop out of the CSCP in addition to identifying markers for programme improvement. The need for further research to increase our understanding of the underlying causal explanations that link specific assessment items to treatment dropout is discussed.

Type of Work:Article
Date:2009 (Publication)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
Department:School of Psychology
Subjects:BF Psychology
Institution:University of Birmingham
Copyright Holders:Emerald
ID Code:1305
Refereed:YES
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