Criminology and Criminal Justice


Although research suggests that cognitive restructuring programs reduce recidivism, little is known about the effects of such programs on institutional behavior. This study compared randomly selected inmates who participated in other self-help programs and randomly selected inmates who participated in the first phase of a cognitive restructuring program with inmates who had been in the second phase for at least 6 months. The total sample size was 123. Findings suggest that participation in the first phase appears to reduce refusals to obey a direct order, whereas participation in the second phase appears to reduce assaults.


Original Citation: Baro, Agnes L. "Effects of a Cognitive Restructuring Program on Inmate Institutional Behavior." Criminal Justice and Behavior 26, no. 4 (1999): 466-484.