Motivators for Engagement in Group Offending Behaviour Programmes

Emma Holdsworth, Erica Bowen, Sarah Brown, Douglas Howat

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper


Offender engagement in group offending behavior programs (GOBPs) is under-theorized. Furthermore, there is no research on facilitators’ engagement. The Program Engagement Theory (PET) was developed using constructivist grounded theory to analyze interviews and session observations from 23 facilitators and 28 offenders. This paper focuses on engagement motivators. Offenders’ motivators were classified as internal drivers (e.g. seeing self as an agent for change) and in-session drivers (e.g. relating to facilitators). Facilitators’ motivators included knowing about offences and on-going behavior, vs knowing about offenders as people). The PET presents implications for referral procedures as well as the design and facilitation of GOBPs.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventInternational Association of Forensic Mental Health Services - Split, Croatia
Duration: 13 Jul 201715 Jul 2017


ConferenceInternational Association of Forensic Mental Health Services
Abbreviated titleIAFMHS
Internet address


Dive into the research topics of 'Motivators for Engagement in Group Offending Behaviour Programmes'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this