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This study will include 10 ex offenders with various

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recidivism. This study will include 10 ex-offenders with various ages that have children to better understand their mind state and mentality. The intervention will include detailed questions that focus on internal feelings and a survey to discuss external circumstances. The survey instrument for this survey will be a detailed questionnaire that will be given within the intervention. The content areas of the survey are to identify to what internal and external factors lead to behavioral issues with the subjects in society. For consistency amongst the subjects questions will be uniform in nature. Abbreviated qualitative plan Introduction Although offenders are not a homogeneous group, a range of problems or needs are more frequently observed in offender populations than in the general population. These include substance misuse problems, pro-criminal attitudes, difficult family backgrounds including experience of childhood abuse or time spent in care, unemployment and financial problems, homelessness and mental health problems. Many of these factors are interlinked. They will vary from individual to individual and group to group, for instance by gender and age. A series of individual or social factors are understood to be associated with an increased risk of reoffending6 and these are routinely assessed as part of offender management practice. These factors or criminogenic needs can be particularly associated with certain types of crime. For example, heroin and crack use is particularly associated with some types of acquisitive offending such as shoplifting, and binge drinking of alcohol is particularly associated with violence. Purpose statement The study aims to transform rehabilitation by introducing interventions to reduce reoffending. The extent and quality of evidence on interventions and approaches to reducing reoffending vary widely. There are a number of reasons for this. For example, the availability of evidence tends to reflect the dominant theoretical approaches to rehabilitation, which have naturally shaped practice as well as research and evaluation efforts. This means that some interventions and services designed to reduce reoffending have been much more heavily evaluated than others. In addition, many interventions are often delivered as part of wider packages of support, meaning
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ABBREVIATED PLANS 4 that isolating the impact of individual components is difficult. The absence of evaluation does not necessarily mean that those not yet robustly evaluated are less effective. Research hypothesis Reoffending rates are rampant among ex-offenders who have been released within 12 months Pro-criminal attitudes influence reoffending People with criminal records who do not define themselves purely as ‘offenders’ but see themselves as basically good people who made a mistake may find it easier to commit crimes once again after being released from prison Research plan Abbreviated Mixed methods plan Introduction Mixed methods approach will allow also the researchers to use quantitative methods to document the effectiveness and outcome of the polygraph intervention. According to Stewart, et al, (2008)
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  • Spring '12
  • angie andriot
  • Qualitative Research, researcher

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