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Moral development as a crucial treatment goal for young people in institutional care: a critical comparison between milieu therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7426-9801
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.
2012 (English)In: Therapeutic Communities: International Journal for Therapeutic and Supportive Organizations, ISSN 0964-1866, E-ISSN 2052-4730, Vol. 33, no 1, p. 4-15Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose: This article aims to analyze and discuss the role of moral development in treatment of behavior problems and, further, to describe differences and similarities between two different methods – Milieu Therapy (MT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) – in terms of addressing criminogenic needs and promoting moral development.

Design: By performing a literature review, the study shows that even though there are both pros and cons using MT and CBT in institutional care, relationships strong enough to restructure a young person’s moral reasoning require time, and involves not only the young person’s parents and social network members, but also a genuine therapeutic alliance with clinical staff at the institution.

Findings:These are central factors articulated in both CBT and MT, but are more explicitly expressed in MT. The results of this article highlight some important practical implications: In order to redevelop moral self and societal values, an overly narrow focus on criminogenic needs might exclude other components or processes of treatment and behavioral change. Together with a treatment program that view close staffresident interactions as of secondary importance, this could impair the possibility to obtain positive and long-lasting treatment results.

Implications: In practice, moral development itself should be considered as an overall treatment goal, integrated into the daily life at the institution, twenty-four hours a day. Finally, the possibility to work with moral development in institutional settings is discussed.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2012. Vol. 33, no 1, p. 4-15
Keywords [en]
Moral development, criminogenic needs, cognitive behavioral therapy, milieu therapy, institutional treatment
National Category
Social Work
Research subject
Psychology; Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-26556DOI: 10.1108/09641861211286285Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84879927127OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-26556DiVA, id: diva2:573389
Available from: 2012-11-30 Created: 2012-11-30 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved
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1. Changing behaviors or behavioral change?: A study of moral development and transbehavioral processes in juvenile institutional care
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Changing behaviors or behavioral change?: A study of moral development and transbehavioral processes in juvenile institutional care
2012 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro: Örebro unversitet, 2012. p. 117
Series
Örebro Studies in Social work, ISSN 1651-145X ; 12
Keywords
moral development, juvenile, institution, staff, groups, peer culture, transdiagnostics, transbehavioral treatment, rituals
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Social Work
Research subject
Social Work
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urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-25602 (URN)978-91-7668-892-2 (ISBN)
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2012-11-02, Hörsal 3, Långhuset, Örebro universitet, Fakultetsgatan 1, Örebro, 13:15 (English)
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Available from: 2012-08-30 Created: 2012-08-30 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved

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