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Readiness for treatment in high risk offenders with personality disorders

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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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Keywords: Personality; Readiness; disorder; treatment

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: University of Nottingham and Peaks Unit, Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust,Centre for Applied Psychological Research, University of South Australia, 2: Centre for Applied Psychological Research, University of South Australia,

Publication date: January 1, 2007

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