Evaluating the ethical and social implications of anger management (Social…
Evaluating the ethical and social implications of anger management
benefits in prison society
AM programmes benefits prisoners & staff potential to reduce aggression and violence in prison setting
Means prisoners feel safe and prison officers reducing violence.
Particularly relevant due to funding cuts to prisons and staff shortages therefore reduction aggression = significant benefits
Reducing cost of recidivism
AM = control of anger through reducing HAB may prevent from committing further crimes
AM offer economic benefits to society as reducing rates of re offending and costs associated
Cost of recidivism at least £9.5bn per year
if Offenders can control their actions can bhelp live, function and contribute to society - gain employment and contribute in taxes. Offers wider social benefits than just reducing recidivism
lack of voluntary consent
Forced ppt against ethical code of therapists argued unethical
AM and Domestic Violence Professionals Ethical Code say 'based when appropriate on valid informed consent' there is cost benefit trade off cost of lack of valid consent weighed against benefits for individual and society
many cases offenders required to ppt in AM as condition of probation
also, by agreeing to probation instead of incarceration will mean consenting to its terms and conditions, IF AM is condition - did consent when consented to probation
Could be deemed AM inappropriate way of modifying CB
Important to note not based on empirical evidence therefore treated with caution.
women may be psychologically harmed by AM some reports of female offenders suffering anxiety and depression after AM
Anecdotal evidence in article by Guardian in 2003 'does AM really work?'
Should form basis of future research into gender differences in modifying CB.