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Relating Motivational Characteristics to Therapeutic Engagement in Prison-Based Drug Treatment

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Although the literature on prison-based drug treatment has attempted to offer correlates of successful rehabilitation, one gap is the failure to examine the effect that inmate characteristics can have on an individual’s therapeutic engagement in a prison-based therapeutic community. Specifically, there is little explanation of the significance of an inmate’s motivational characteristics (problem recognition, desire for help, treatment readiness) on an inmate’s level of therapeutic engagement. This is a significant omission, as these characteristics can have an impact upon an individual’s level of therapeutic engagement, both at the onset and throughout his tenure in a drug treatment program.

Using both qualitative and quantitative techniques, this paper examines the dynamic motivational characteristics that enhance or impede therapeutic engagement (the involvement in and commitment to drug treatment) of inmates in a prison-based drug treatment program. 30 inmates at the State Correctional Institution at Chester (PA.) were interviewed to discuss the therapeutic community in which they have taken part. Additionally, data collected from a sample of 347 TC inmates were also analyzed to determine whether motivation would predict therapeutic engagement. The research question that this paper focuses on is: How does an inmate’s motivation influence his therapeutic engagement?
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McGrain, Patrick. and Welsh, Wayne. "Relating Motivational Characteristics to Therapeutic Engagement in Prison-Based Drug Treatment" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CRIMINOLOGY, Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Atlanta, Georgia, Nov 14, 2007 <Not Available>. 2013-12-15 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p201176_index.html>

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McGrain, P. N. and Welsh, W. , 2007-11-14 "Relating Motivational Characteristics to Therapeutic Engagement in Prison-Based Drug Treatment" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CRIMINOLOGY, Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Atlanta, Georgia <Not Available>. 2013-12-15 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p201176_index.html

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Abstract: Although the literature on prison-based drug treatment has attempted to offer correlates of successful rehabilitation, one gap is the failure to examine the effect that inmate characteristics can have on an individual’s therapeutic engagement in a prison-based therapeutic community. Specifically, there is little explanation of the significance of an inmate’s motivational characteristics (problem recognition, desire for help, treatment readiness) on an inmate’s level of therapeutic engagement. This is a significant omission, as these characteristics can have an impact upon an individual’s level of therapeutic engagement, both at the onset and throughout his tenure in a drug treatment program.

Using both qualitative and quantitative techniques, this paper examines the dynamic motivational characteristics that enhance or impede therapeutic engagement (the involvement in and commitment to drug treatment) of inmates in a prison-based drug treatment program. 30 inmates at the State Correctional Institution at Chester (PA.) were interviewed to discuss the therapeutic community in which they have taken part. Additionally, data collected from a sample of 347 TC inmates were also analyzed to determine whether motivation would predict therapeutic engagement. The research question that this paper focuses on is: How does an inmate’s motivation influence his therapeutic engagement?

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