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Handbook of Offender Assessment and Treatment Hardcover – January 19, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0471988588 ISBN-10: 0471988588 Edition: 1st
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"…can be recommended confidently to anyone wishing to obtain up-to-date information…" (British Journal of Forensic Practice, Vol 6(1), February 2004)

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There is a growing consensus that offender rehabilitation, prison regimes, and the treatment of offenders with special needs must be based on research, methods and experience that are effective, humane and related to individual, organisational, and social considerations. This authoritative, comprehensive and international handbook will fill this need, as a resource for advanced students and professional courses and for researchers and practitioners.

The Handbook provides an up-to-date review of current knowledge and best practice in the rehabilitation and treatment of offenders, in coomunity, prison and secure hospital settings. Major sections cover the rationale and objectives of treatment, risk assessment, the whole range of approaches to treatment (including behavioural/cognitive, family work, reasoning, rehabilitation, and anger management), and the assessment and treatment of various categories of offenders and problems (with detailed chapters that include child abuse, violence, mentally disordered offenders and sex offenders). A final section of the Handbook deals with different types of treatment settings - maximum security hospitals, residential settings, and in the community.

This important volume will be essential for prison and correctional services, forensic psychologists and psychiatrists and mental health nurses working with offenders, and probation and coummunity workers, and also for libraries serving academics and professionals in criminology, law and penal policy.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 620 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (January 19, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471988588
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471988588
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 1.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,874,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By S. M Marson on June 5, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Although Hollin does not state the intended audience for the Handbook of Offender Assessment and Treatment, it is clear that the content gravitates toward faculty and students involved in the study of criminal justice. It is an excellent resource for legislators and policy. The book includes 36 short chapters (5 to 10 pages) that provide a comprehensive review and/or analysis of cutting edge issues related to assessment and/or treatment. Although these chapters are short, they are comprehensive.
The various authors in this volume make use of the current literature to identify causal relationships associated with successful treatment. Chapter 19 entitled "Anger Treatment with Offenders" is an excellent example. In addition and perhaps more importantly, we begin to see typology development. For example, in chapter 23 entitled "Adolescent Sexual Offenders," Hudson and Ward begin to identify characteristics of offenders which are critical in predicting successful treatment. An important policy question emerges, "Should we focus on treatment for offenders who have the highest probability of success?" Chapter after chapter provides convincing arguments that intervention is "better than nothing." The question is, "Are these better results worth the expenditure?" Hollin addresses this critical issue as well. Chapter 3 entitled, "To treat or not to treat? A financial perspective" by Cohen offers a decision-making model. The major strength of this book is that little is left out or forgotten.
Three additional patterns within this volume merit discussion. First, and most obvious, the authors consistently lament the lack of research. Although they do not offer an explanation, the reason is unmistakable. The arrogance of the 1970's reduced funding for such research.
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Please note at at least one point the review of book in question is wrong. Hong Kong repealed corporal punishment/caning in on Nov. 1 1990. I believe the author of the review has confused Singapore with Hong Kong.
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