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Hi, friend! Following my post (a long time ago…), I get some questions about criminal attitudes. Our team has finally discussed the possibility of altering service users’ criminal attitudes, but we found a relative lack of treatment programs focusing on them… I wonder if you could friendly give me some advice…

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Terry Cho
1 June 2022
Hi, friend! Following my post (a long time ago…), I get some questions about criminal attitudes. Our team has finally discussed the possibility of altering service users’ criminal attitudes, but we found a relative lack of treatment programs focusing on them… I wonder if you could friendly give me some advice…

Hi, friend! Following my post (a long time ago...), I get some questions about criminal attitudes. Our team has finally discussed the possibility of altering service users' criminal attitudes, but we found a relative lack of treatment programs focusing on them... I wonder if you could friendly give me some advice...

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Tony Chan
1 June 2022

No worries.

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Terry Cho
1 June 2022

Thanks for the information.

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Tony Chan
1 June 2022

Yes. Related program evaluation is kind of limited. Yet, we still could learn a lot from existing literature. For example, Walters (1999) described a treatment approach that was linked to a criminal thinking assessment instrument, which demonstrated positive outcomes. More recently, Kroner and Morgan (2014) and Walters (2014) have described approaches to criminal attitude treatment by way of cognitive-behavioral techniques. Although these approaches have merits, these are more conceptual strategies than detailed practical curricula for directly changing criminal attitudes. Simourd and Olver (2002) have distinguished between indirect and direct criminal attitude interventions. Indirect programs are those in which attention to criminal attitudes is a secondary treatment target to other issues, whereas indirect programs the restructuring of criminal attitudes is the primary treatment target. The Cognitive Living Skills (Ross & Fabiano, 1985) and Cognitive Self-Change (Powell, Bush, & Bilodeau, 2001) programs are examples of indirect programs in which decision-making skills are the primary therapeutic target. Furthermore, Banse et al. (2013) provided a detailed review of programs to address criminal attitudes, which appear to be a mixture of broader indirect as well as direct approaches.

You could try reading the below research:
Simourd, D. J., Olver, M. E., & Brandenburg, B. (2016). Changing criminal attitudes among incarcerated offenders: Initial examination of a structured treatment program. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 60(12), 1425-1445.

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