16. What Works for Offenders with Intellectual Disabilities

  1. Leam A. Craig4,
  2. Louise Dixon5 and
  3. Theresa A. Gannon6
  1. William R. Lindsay1,2 and
  2. Amanda M. Michie3

Published Online: 31 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118320655.ch16

What Works in Offender Rehabilitation: An Evidence-Based Approach to Assessment and Treatment

What Works in Offender Rehabilitation: An Evidence-Based Approach to Assessment and Treatment

How to Cite

Lindsay, W. R. and Michie, A. M. (2013) What Works for Offenders with Intellectual Disabilities, in What Works in Offender Rehabilitation: An Evidence-Based Approach to Assessment and Treatment (eds L. A. Craig, L. Dixon and T. A. Gannon), John Wiley & Sons, Oxford. doi: 10.1002/9781118320655.ch16

Editor Information

  1. 4

    Forensic Psychology Practice Ltd, The Willows Clinic, UK, University of Birmingham, UK

  2. 5

    University of Birmingham, UK

  3. 6

    University of Kent, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Abertay, UK

  2. 2

    Bangor University, UK

  3. 3

    NHS Lothian, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 31 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 20 MAY 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781119974574

Online ISBN: 9781118320655

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Keywords:

  • anger management treatment (AMT);
  • forensic cases;
  • intellectual disabilities (ID)

Summary

The most common treatment designed to help individuals with problems in the emotion of anger is Anger Management Treatment (AMT). One of the essential aspects of AMT is to stress that anger is a normal emotion and that it can be dealt with in ways that will not place the individual in difficult situations. Most people with intellectual disabilities (ID) who have problems with the emotion of anger will have found themselves in extremely difficult situations from time to time. A well-controlled study on three cases has been conducted recently by Travis and Sturmey. While these case studies have been important in the establishment of the feasibility of AMT for people with anger problems, they have not been conducted on forensic cases, which, from the point of view of the chapter, is an essential focus.