Therapeutic Outcomes of Changing Lives and Changing Outcomes for Male and Female Justice Involved Persons with Mental Illness

Monika Gaspar, Lexie Brown, Taylor Ramler, Faith Scanlon, Gregory Gigax, Kim Ridley, Robert D. Morgan

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Abstract

Changing Lives and Changing Outcomes (CLCO) was developed to address the unique treatment needs of individuals with co-occurring mental illness and criminogenic risk. Previous evaluations of CLCO demonstrated effectiveness for male participants, but did not examine treatment effectiveness across participant sex. Therefore, the aim of this study was to examine differences in treatment outcomes among male and female probationers receiving CLCO. Participants were assessed pre- and posttreatment. Results indicated positive treatment effects across both psychiatric and criminogenic domains, including psychiatric symptomology and global mental health functioning, medication adherence, attitudes toward mental illness recovery, and antisocial cognitions. Female participants demonstrated enhanced treatment responsiveness relative to males across several domains. This study underscores the effectiveness of the program in addressing both mental health and criminogenic needs in correctional populations, while highlighting the differential impact of the program across participant sex. Implications, future directions, and limitations of the present study are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1678-1699
Number of pages22
JournalCriminal Justice and Behavior
Volume46
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2019

Keywords

  • corrections
  • criminal justice
  • mental illness
  • treatment

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