The sequencing of interventions with offenders: An addition to the responsivity principle

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Despite a growing recognition that the sequence in which rehabilitative interventions are delivered to offenders may impact the effectiveness of a set of interventions as a whole, relatively little research has been carried out to provide evidence to substantiate such claims. A narrative literature review was conducted to identify and analyze research in the field of rehabilitation, exploring developments made with reference to models of rehabilitation. The article proceeds to explore theories and research into the concepts of responsivity and readiness to change with reference to the process of behavioral change and discusses how theory can be linked to practice.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)429-455
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Forensic Psychology Practice
Issue number5
Early online date4 Nov 2013
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • interventions, treatment, rehabilitation, sequencing, responsivity