methods of modifying criminal behaviour - anger management (describe)

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  • methods of modifying criminal behaviour - anger management
    • a type of CBT that aims to help individuals use productive methods to manage their anger instead of demonstrating their anger in abusive, aggressive and criminal ways
    • two main aims
      • to reduce rates of recidivism
        • If anger can be controlled and its effects limited, then offenders who are prone to angry outbursts may be able to reduce criminality
      • to reduce then levels of anger and aggression in the short term
        • if anger can be reduced short term, this may reduce spontaneous crimes
    • Ainsworth (2000) found 3 main stages in most anger management programmes
      • 1) cognitive preparation
        • offenders analyse their own patterns of anger and the situations and thinking processes that may accompany it
      • 2) skills acquisition
        • the offenders are taught skills to help them manage their anger eg. relaxation or avoidance. They might also be taught social skills like assertion or conflict resolution.
      • 3) application practice
        • offenders practice applying their skills in a controlled and non-threatening environment. eg.  role-playing situations that would usually make the offender angry can be used to identify and overcome triggers.


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