An evaluation of Talent 4 . . . : a programme to identify talent and skills for prisoners, disadvantaged, unemployed, and vulnerable groups
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AbstractPrevious research suggests that the relationship between employment and recidivism is complex, with more support needed to facilitate employability motivation for sustained change (Tripodi et al., 2010). An arts-based programme designed to facilitate vocational self-determinism among prisoners with evidence of impact across three prisons in the United Kingdom was replicated and delivered to 234 prisoners and long-term unemployed participants from six European countries, to explore whether the findings from the previous evaluation would be replicated on a much larger scale. The research presented in this article found that supporting prisoners and the long-term unemployed to articulate employability goals had a positive effect on personal growth as well as understanding of individual strengths and weaknesses with respect to work, employment, problem solving, and thinking styles. Future research might explore the longer term impact on employment and recidivism.
CitationMcGuire-Snieckus R., Caulfield L. (2017) 'An Evaluation of Talent 4 . . . : A Programme to Identify Talent and Skills for Prisoners, Disadvantaged, Unemployed, and Vulnerable Groups', International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 62 (11), pp. 3460-3484. doi: 10.1177/0306624X17740556
JournalInternational Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
DescriptionThis is an accepted manuscript of an article published by Sage in International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology on 21/11/2017, available online: https://doi.org/10.1177/0306624X17740556 The accepted version of the publication may differ from the final published version.
SponsorsThis work was supported by a grant from the Leonardo Transfer of Innovation fund, which is part of the European Union (EU) Lifelong Learning programme
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