Editorial: Refining the definition of offence paralleling behaviour
Jones, Lawrence F.
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Offence paralleling behavior (OPB) has been identified as a developmental sequence of behavior akin to the notion of an offence chain that is understood in terms of function not morphology. Despite evident growth and appeal, there has been no empirical scrutiny of the OPB framework within a risk-assessment context, or evaluation of its role in treatment planning or provision. OPBs are not simply topographically similar behaviors that are functionally unrelated. Further, OPBs should be distinguished from 'criminal behavior occurring within the institution' that might be regarded as an indication of a general propensity to offend in a less restrictive environment or a manifestation of environmental contingencies. The OPB framework may be used to structure clinical judgments of risk, with a view to managing it more effectively. A research agenda to evaluate the framework is under development, as is work on its application in various settings and methods for developing OPB formulations. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)