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An evaluation of the EQUIP treatment programme with men who have intellectual and developmental disabilities

Langdon, Peter E., Murphy, Glynis H., Clare, Isabel C. H., Palmer, Emma J., Rees, Joanna (2013) An evaluation of the EQUIP treatment programme with men who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 26 (2). pp. 167-180. ISSN 1360-2322. (doi:10.1111/jar.12004) (KAR id:36213)



The Equipping Youth to Help One Another Programme (EQUIP) was designed for young offenders to address a developmental delay in moral reasoning, distorted cognitions and social skills.


The present authors undertook a single case series study and piloted an adapted version of the EQUIP programme with three men with intellectual disabilities and four men with a diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome, all of whom were detained in a medium‐secure forensic unit for people with intellectual disabilities. Treatment was delivered over a 12‐week period, and participants took part in four‐one‐hour sessions per week.


The results suggested that treatment was successful at increasing moral reasoning ability, reducing distorted cognitions and improving ability to choose effective solutions to problems. However, treatment did not have a significant effect upon anger.


The EQUIP programme is a promising treatment, but further research is needed to investigate its effectiveness with men with intellectual or other developmental disabilities.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/jar.12004
Uncontrolled keywords: Asperger Syndrome; autism; criminal offending; EQUIP; intellectual disabilities; learning disabilities; moral development; moral judgement; moral reasoning; offenders; SRM-SF
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Peter Langdon
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2013 14:56 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:13 UTC
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