Self-disclosure in criminal justice: what form does it take and what does it achieve?

PHILLIPS, Jake, FOWLER, Andrew and WESTABY, Chalen (2018). Self-disclosure in criminal justice: what form does it take and what does it achieve? International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 62 (12), 3890-3909.

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    Abstract

    Self-disclosure, the act of a therapist revealing something about themselves in the context of a professional relationship, has been linked with higher levels of effectiveness when used by correctional workers. However, it is poorly defined in both criminal justice policy and criminological research which has resulted in a lack of understanding about the potential risks and benefits to practice and practitioners. This article uses literature from other fields (namely, social work, counselling and psychotherapy) to lay out what forms self-disclosure might take in the field of criminal justice. The article presents data that were generated as part of a larger project on emotional labour in probation practice in England. It analyses these data to argue that self-disclosure is used in two principle ways: in order to create and enhance a therapeutic relationship and in a more correctional way which is focused on criminogenic risk and need. We conclude by arguing that future research which seeks to identify a link between certain skills and effective outcomes needs to start with a much stronger definition of such skills as, otherwise, any effects are likely to be lost.

    Item Type: Article
    Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Law and Criminology Research Group
    Departments - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities > Department of Law and Criminology
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1177/0306624x17751528
    Page Range: 3890-3909
    Depositing User: Jake Phillips
    Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2018 12:24
    Last Modified: 08 Jan 2019 10:05
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/18133

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