Bonnie Halper

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Master Of Arts In Clinical Psychology

Colleges & School

College Of Arts And Sciences

First Advisor

Kris Vasquez, PhD

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Behavior assessment; Correctional institutions; Emotional intelligence


Societal leaders and prison administrators continue to search for effective ways to make time spent in prison more than a warehouse of human resources. Research has shown that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approaches to treatment effectively combat recidivism. Research conducted with other populations has demonstrated that adding a task value utility increased a person’s desire to complete programming. This study assessed the effectiveness of a Coping Skills Group when a task value utility component was used in connection to programming provided to adult male offenders in a correctional facility in Wisconsin. The results indicated significant improvement in reducing cognitive distortions and decreasing criminogenic thinking for those who were involved in a coping skills group. However, the scores on the post-intervention How I Think (HIT) questionnaire for the experimental group compared to the control group were similar. Although those in the task utility group did not show significantly more improvement than the control group, the pattern of treatment completion suggested that they might be more likely to complete treatment than those in the control group.


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