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A systematic review and meta-analysis on the effects of European drug treatment programmes on reoffending

Koehler, Johann A. ORCID: 0000-0002-1305-891X, Humphreys, David K., Akoensi, Thomas D., Sánchez de Ribera, Olga and Lösel, Friedrich (2014) A systematic review and meta-analysis on the effects of European drug treatment programmes on reoffending. Psychology, Crime and Law, 20 (6). pp. 584-602. ISSN 1068-316X

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Identification Number: 10.1080/1068316X.2013.804921

Abstract

This article presents the results of a systematic review and meta-analysis on the effects of treatment programmes for drug abusing offenders in Europe, using stringent eligibility criteria to control for threats to internal validity. A literature search of approximately 37,000 titles revealed 15 sound evaluations from six countries, containing 3953 participants. There were significant positive overall effects of treatment on crime (d=0.47) and illicit drug use (d=0.38). Most evaluations originated from the UK and evaluated primarily substitution therapy-based treatment. Evaluations of other interventions were a minority. Our findings support the use of treatment programmes among substance-abusing offenders. However, these results are limited to a small set of programmes from very few countries. Therefore, sound evaluations on a range of treatments across Europe are needed.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/gpcl20/current
Additional Information: © 2013 Taylor & Francis
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2019 09:54
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2021 00:36
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/102371

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