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

Peter E. Langdon, Glynis H. Murphy, Isabel C. H. Clare, Emma J. Palmer, Joanna Rees

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Background: 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.

Methods: 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.

Results: 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.

Conclusions: The EQUIP programme is a promising treatment, but further research is needed to investigate its effectiveness with men with intellectual or other developmental disabilities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-180
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
Issue number2
Early online date28 Dec 2012
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2013

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