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01-06-2011 | Original Article | Uitgave 2/2011

Journal of Rational-Emotive & Cognitive-Behavior Therapy 2/2011

A Systematic Review of the Literature on the Use of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy in Criminal Justice Work to Reduce Re-offending

Journal of Rational-Emotive & Cognitive-Behavior Therapy > Uitgave 2/2011
Mia Debidin, Windy Dryden
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This research was conducted as part of the requirements for the MSc in REBT at Goldsmiths University of London. The views expressed are those of the authors, not necessarily those of the Ministry of Justice, nor do they reflect government policy.


A systematic review of the published literature from 1995 to 2007 considers the published evidence on the use of interventions employing Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy in criminal justice efforts to reduce re-offending. Thirty-six studies are briefly described, summarised and appraised for research quality using a six point scale. Twenty-four studies were excluded from further analysis due to insufficiently rigorous or weak research design and method. Twelve studies were appraised as sufficiently robust to reliably inform the research interest. Further analysis of the studies indicated an association between negative emotional states and offending behaviour, some evidence of REBT effectiveness in treating emotional disturbance in offender populations, and mixed evidence of REBT effectiveness in reducing re-offending. It is concluded that interventions using REBT might be a promising approach for aiding criminal justice aims to reduce re-offending.

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