Irrational beliefs of shoplifters

Authors

  • Gary S. Solomon,

    1. Lubbock MHMR Center and Texas Tech University
    Current affiliation:
    1. Assistant Professor, Department of Counseling Psychology, State University of New York at Albany
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  • Dr. Joseph B. Ray

    Corresponding author
    1. Lubbock MHMR Center and Texas Tech University
    • Lubbock MHMR Center, 1210 Texas Avenue, Lubbock, Texas 79401
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    • Director of Mental Health Services, Lubbock MHMR Center, and Professor of Psychology, Texas Tech University.


Abstract

Shoplifting has become a serious problem for retail merchants and for the criminal justice system. In response to a local court's request for mental health intervention in this problematic area, the Lubbock Regional MHMR Center developed the Shoplifter Offenders Program (SOP), an innovative and novel approach designed to reduce recidivism among convicted adult shoplifters. The principles of Ellis' rational-emotive therapy (RET) served as the conceptual foundation for the intensive, 8-hour psycho-educational group counseling experience (N = 94). Results from the first year of SOP operation are presented, with particular attention paid to the irrational beliefs of shoplifters.

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