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Reconsidering the Responsivity Principle: A Way to Move Forward

Volume 78 Number 2
September 2014

The authors summarize the impact of the Risk-Need-Responsivity model on correctional practice, trace its history (with special emphasis on the responsivity principle), review how the responsivity principle has come to mean simply a consideration of client characteristics in the absence of the environment where the work takes place, and then discuss how to forward a constructive research agenda on the responsivity principle.