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Substance Related Offending Behaviour Programme (SROBP): an exploration of gender responsivity and treatment acceptance issues for female prisoners

Mahoney, Adam; Chouliara, Zoe; Karatzias, Thanos


Zoe Chouliara


Substance-related offending poses a considerable problem for society. In response, criminal justice agencies have widely delivered cognitive-behavioural interventions, such as the Substance-Related Offending Behaviour Programme (SROBP), to both male and female offenders often based on assumed gender neutrality. Developing a systematic and ideographically relevant understanding of the treatment efficacy and acceptability issues may help ensure the responsivity of such interventions to the needs of female offenders. Semi-structured interviews were administered to 15 female prisoners who had participated in SROBP and transcripts were analysed using interpretive phenomenological analysis. Three main themes emerged from the analysis: (1) important aspects of recovery, (2) supportive therapeutic processes, and (3) disruptions to therapeutic processes. The benefits of being able to disclose traumatic and adverse life events as well as improvements to motivation were particularly noted. Group functioning and emotional safety concerns were also reported as impacting on these benefits.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 4, 2015
Online Publication Date Jul 20, 2015
Publication Date 2015
Deposit Date Mar 24, 2016
Print ISSN 1478-9949
Electronic ISSN 1478-9957
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 26
Issue 6
Pages 798-823
Keywords Drug misuse; treatment; women offenders; offending behaviour;
qualitative research,
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