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- Aggression replacement training in Australia: youth justice pilot study
- Currie, Matthew R.; Wood, Catherine E.; Williams, Benedict; Bates, Glen W.
- This article describes the findings of a 10-week pilot programme of aggression replacement training (ART) in an Australian Youth justice, custodial setting. Five male Subjects (17-18 years old) completed pre- and post-treatment self-report measures of aggression, social skills, and cognitive distortions typically associated with violent and antisocial behaviour. As expected, results showed a significant reduction in overall aggression and improved social skills from before to after assessment, but the predicted reduction in cognitive distortions was not supported. Treatment outcomes were examined relative to the specific multi-modal (cognitive, behavioural, and affective) components of ART. Hence, results are discussed in relation to it cognitive behavioural theory of change, which underpins ART. A single case Study is presented to illustrate qualitative change throughout participation in ART. Overall the results provide preliminary support for the efficacy of ART in an Australian context, and further investigation with a larger, multi-informant sample is warranted.
- Publication type
- Journal article
- Research centre
- Swinburne University of Technology. Faculty of Life and Social Sciences
- Psychiatry Psychology and Law, Vol. 16, no. 3 (Nov 2009), pp. 413-426
- Publication year
- Aggression replacement training; Cognitive behavioural therapy; Juvenile offenders; Treatment; Violence; Youth justice
- Publisher URL
- Copyright © 2009 The Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law.
- Additional information
- Benedict Williams is incorrectly named on the paper as 'Bennedict Williams'. This error has been corrected in this record to facilitate ease of its discovery.
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