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- Aggression Replacement Training (ART) in Australia: a longitudinal youth justice evaluation
- Currie, Matthew R.; Wood, Catherine E.; Williams, Benedict; Bates, Glen W.
- This article describes the findings from a two-year longitudinal evaluation of Aggression Replacement Training (ART) in an Australian youth justice custodial setting. Twenty aggressive juvenile offenders (M = 19.6; SD = .60) were assessed at pre-treatment, post-treatment, six-month, and 24-month follow-up. As predicted, participants reported significant reductions in aggressive behaviours and thoughts, cognitive distortions, and impulsivity and some improvement in social problem-solving skills at treatment-end. These treatment effects were maintained at the two-year follow-up. Contrary to expectations, worker ratings of participant's aggressive/antisocial behaviours did not show significant reduction at the six-month follow-up. This measure had not previously been used in a correctional setting and the workers may have been unreliable respondents due to their lack of knowledge of the ART participants. Despite efforts, a waitlist comparison group was not obtained. Further investigation with a control comparison and a reliable non-self-report informant is required. However, the results suggest initial support for the cultural and age-related applicability of ART and its social learning procedures for this group of moderate-to-high-risk young-adult offenders.
- Publication type
- Journal article
- Research centre
- Swinburne University of Technology. Faculty of Life and Social Sciences
- Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, Vol. 19, no. 4 (Aug 2012), pp. 577-604
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- FOR Code(s)
- 1701 Psychology; 170104 Forensic Psychology; 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology; 1702 Cognitive Sciences; 1801 Law
- Aggression replacement training; Cognitive-behavioural therapy; Evaluation; Outcome study; Treatment; Violent offenders; Youth justice
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- Copyright © 2011 The Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law.
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