'I've got the energy to change, but I haven’t got the energy for this kinda therapy': a qualitative analysis of the motivations behind democratic therapeutic community drop-out for men with sexual convictions

Winder, B. ORCID: 0000-0002-9118-679X, Blagden, N. ORCID: 0000-0002-4037-0984, Norman, C. ORCID: 0000-0003-3317-8545 and Duncan, K., 2020. 'I've got the energy to change, but I haven’t got the energy for this kinda therapy': a qualitative analysis of the motivations behind democratic therapeutic community drop-out for men with sexual convictions. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. ISSN 0306-624X

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Abstract

Prison-based democratic therapeutic communities (TCs) provide an alternative to mainstream prison, where prisoners can work on psychological difficulties and address offending behaviour. Research demonstrates TCs are effective at reducing reoffending rates for residents who stay in therapy 18+ months, and those who drop out of TCs offend at a significantly higher rate than those who complete therapy. Thus, it is important to reduce attrition in TCs. No research has yet explored the explanations for TC drop out offered by those with sexual convictions. The present study uses Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis to qualitatively explore the accounts of men with sexual convictions (n=7) who dropped out of a TC in a UK prison. Results highlight that issues surrounding external responsivity, therapeutic relationships and treatment readiness were salient in the participants' accounts of drop out. This research has implications for TCs seeking to better understand and address attrition of people with sexual convictions.

Item Type: Journal article
Alternative Title: DTC drop-out for men with sexual convictions [running head]
Publication Title: International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Creators: Winder, B., Blagden, N., Norman, C. and Duncan, K.
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Date: 11 September 2020
ISSN: 0306-624X
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10.1177/0306624X20956957DOI
1351452Other
Rights: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) which permits any use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access page (https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage).
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jill Tomkinson
Date Added: 10 Aug 2020 14:12
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2020 13:21
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/40412

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