Offence Paralleling Behaviour (OPB) as a framework for assessment and interventions with offenders
Jones, Lawrence F.
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Forensic psychologists, perhaps more than any other group of applied psychologists, need to work with various types of historical narrative, often describing the same set of events. Unfortunately, most methods for analysing behaviour in the psychological literature (e.g. functional analysis) focus on discrete episodes. With the notable exception, perhaps, of Gresswell and Hollin's (1992) 'multiple sequential functional analysis' paradigm, there is a general paucity of literature that attempts to grapple with the complexity of behaviour as a diachronic process. This problem comes, I believe, out of the more fundamental methodological problem of finding ways of modelling and operationalizing hypotheses about offences as processes as opposed to events. The concept of an 'offence' is not defined scientifically, it is a particular, socially defined value-driven way of describing certain types of behaviour. This chapter attempts to open up some of the questions about why and how, as forensic psychologists, we need to look at behaviour as a sequential development. In addition, it explores the ways in which viewing behaviour in this way enables practitioners to work with a broader range of psychological and behavioural processes that are helpful to the tasks of risk assessment and addressing offending behaviour. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)