Recently, positive approaches to offender rehabilitation, focusing upon offenders' strengths, have gained prominence. Proponents have criticized existing rehabilitation models as focusing too much on offenders' deficits. Goal perspectives, which provide a structure for therapy, may unite these two approaches. The Personal Concerns Inventory: Offender Adaptation (PCI:OA) is a semi-structured interview that identifies offenders' current concerns or goals. The goals identified by a sample of 129 convicted adult male prisoners are reported here. A range of positive, anti-criminal goals were expressed, including stopping offending, improving self-control, finding and keeping jobs, having stable accommodation, quitting drink and drugs, changing support networks, and finding new leisure pursuits. Furthermore, prisoners expressed life-enhancing goals, such as improving their lifestyle, gaining work experience, having good family relationships, gaining skills, and getting fit and healthy. The PCI:OA may prove useful as a motivational procedure, a basis for developing positive, goal-focused interventions, and a tool for outcome evaluation.
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good lives model;
Document Type: Research Article
Division of Psychiatry, University of Nottingham, Duncan Macmillan House, Nottingham, UK
School of Psychology, University of Birmingham, UK
Centre for Psychology, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, UK
Publication date: 2008-06-01