Four forms of 'offender' rehabilitation: Towards an interdisciplinary perspective

McNeill, F. (2012) Four forms of 'offender' rehabilitation: Towards an interdisciplinary perspective. Legal and Criminological Psychology, 17(1), pp. 18-36. (doi: 10.1111/j.2044-8333.2011.02039.x)




This paper aims to advance the case for a more fully interdisciplinary understanding of offender rehabilitation, partly as a means of shedding light upon and moving beyond contemporary ‘paradigm conflicts’. It begins with a review of current arguments about what a credible ‘offender’ rehabilitation theory requires and by exploring some aspects of current debates about different theories. It goes on to locate this specific kind of contemporary theory building in the context of historical arguments about and critiques of rehabilitation as a concept and in practice. In the third part of the paper, I explore the nature of the relationship between desistance theories and rehabilitation theories, so as to develop my concluding argument; that is, that debates about psychological rehabilitation have been hampered by a failure to engage fully with debates about at least three other forms of rehabilitation (legal, moral, and social) that emerge as being equally important in the process of desistance fro

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McNeill, Professor Fergus
Authors: McNeill, F.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:Legal and Criminological Psychology
ISSN (Online):2044-8333
Published Online:19 January 2012
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2012 British Psychological Society
First Published:First published in Legal and Criminological Psychology 17(1):18-36
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