Evaluation of a program for inmates addressing empathy

CA Wastell, D Cairns, R Blake

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One of the major approaches to rehabilitation of inmates in goals throughout the English speaking world involves the concept of ‘victim empathy’. A program to improve inmates’ empathic ability was evaluated in a pre and post test design as well as compared to a control group within the prison. The program was conducted at Junee Correctional Centre in NSW, Australia. Variables measured included alexithymia, empathy, distorted cognitions and aspects of the correctional environment. The program is outlined. The results of the evaluation indicate that inmates who participated in the program showed highly significant change in both self-report and interview data on all the variables. Implications of the findings are discussed, and in particular potential problems with the maintenance of the improvements both within the prison environment and upon release.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-36
Number of pages1
JournalAustralian Journal of Psychology
Issue numberSupplement 1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2001

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