Chapter 6. Groupwork within Prisons

  1. David A. Crighton Deputy Chief Psychologist visiting Professor Deputy Head Consultant Psychologist past Secretary Treasurer Chief Examiner editorial board member1 and
  2. Graham J. Towl MPhil Chief Psychologist visiting Professor member Head recipient past Chair Treasurer external examiner2

Published Online: 12 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444301724.ch6

Psychology in Prisons, Second Edition

Psychology in Prisons, Second Edition

How to Cite

Crighton, D. A. and Towl, G. J. (2008) Groupwork within Prisons, in Psychology in Prisons, Second Edition, BPS Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444301724.ch6

Author Information

  1. 1

    Universities of Aberdeen, London, UK

  2. 2

    Universities of Durham, London, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 12 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 15 FEB 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405160100

Online ISBN: 9781444301724



  • groupwork within prisons;
  • psychology of groups;
  • cognitive dissonance;
  • dissonance involving attitude formation and change;
  • non-verbal communication (NVC);
  • attribution theory;
  • group-based interventions in prisons;
  • group-based interventions as method of psychological therapy;
  • group facilitation skills;
  • clear accountability and effective groupwork implementation


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • The Psychology of Groups

  • Group-based Interventions in Prisons

  • Group-based Interventions as a Method of Psychological Therapy

  • Group-based Interventions

  • Summary

  • Notes