Low engagement and non-completion of therapeutic interventions are important issues in the treatment and rehabilitation of offenders and mentally disordered offenders. Such factors influence a range of outcomes, including the reduction of clinical and criminogenic needs. In this paper it is proposed that low engagement and non-completion are usefully viewed as a consequence of low readiness for treatment. The dimensions of readiness are summarized (from the Multifactor Offender Readiness Model) and applied to high risk offenders with severe personality disorders. A readiness analysis has implications for the assessment and treatment of this patient/offender population and is useful in identifying future research and clinical priorities.
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Document Type: Research Article
University of Nottingham and Peaks Unit, Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust,Centre for Applied Psychological Research, University of South Australia,
Centre for Applied Psychological Research, University of South Australia,
January 1, 2007