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Behavioral Reinforcement in Prison-Based Substance Abuse Treatment: Integrating an Evidence- Based Innovation  

Author:  William M. Burdon.; Michael L. Prendergast.

Source: Volume 04, Number 03, May/June 2004 , pp.33-38(6)

Offender Substance Abuse Report

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The present study investigates the dynamics of behavioral reinforcement in prison-based substance abuse programs. The authors find that reinforcement is often punitive and negative and based on subjective measures. As a result, behavioral correction tends to be ineffective, which has negative implications on outcomes.

Keywords: best practices

Affiliations:  1: University of California, Los Angeles; 2: University of California, Los Angeles.

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