Mary McMurran

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There is growing concern about excessive Internet use and whether this can amount to an addiction. In researching this topic, a valid and reliable assessment instrument is essential. In her survey of Internet addiction, Young designed the Internet Addiction Test (IAT), which provides a basis for developments. The IAT has high face validity, but it has not(More)
The ability to identify emotion in other people is critical to social functioning. In a series of experiments, we explored the relationship between recognition of emotion in ambiguous facial expressions and aggressive thoughts and behavior, both in healthy adults and in adolescent youth at high risk of criminal offending and delinquency. We show that it is(More)
Results. In total, 13 published studies and 6 dissertation abstracts were identified. MI is most evaluated in relation to substance misusing offenders (N 1⁄4 10). Other applications are with domestic violence offenders (N 1⁄4 3), drink-drivers (N 1⁄4 5), and general offending (N 1⁄4 1). In these populations, MI is used to enhance retention and engagement in(More)
BACKGROUND Alcohol-related violence is of major concern to society. Around half of all violent crimes are alcohol related, and yet interventions for alcohol-related violence are under-developed. Often, offenders receive treatment for substance use or violence, but not the two in nexus. AIM My aim was to conduct a Rapid Evidence Assessment of interventions(More)
BACKGROUND Social problem-solving therapy may be relevant in the treatment of personality disorder, although assessments of its effectiveness are uncommon. AIMS To determine the effectiveness of a problem-solving intervention for adults with personality disorder in the community under conditions resembling routine clinical practice. METHOD Participants(More)
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BACKGROUND The prevalence of problematic drinkers and drug users in correctional services of England and Wales is high, with implications not only for the health of prisoners, but also for substance-related crime. For most illicit drug users, the biggest criminological concern is acquisitive offending to fund the habit, whereas with alcohol it is violence(More)
BACKGROUND In the treatment of offenders with personality disorders, one matter that requires attention is the rate of treatment non-completion. This is important as it has cost-efficiency and negative outcome implications. METHOD We compared the characteristics of those who participated in a personality disorder treatment programme divided into three(More)
Measuring offenders' motivation for treatment is important for selection and monitoring treatment engagement, yet few psychometrically robust measures of motivation exist. The Personal Concerns Inventory (PCI) was developed to assess motivation to change in people with addictive behaviours. It focuses on identifying goals in a wide variety of life areas,(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to examine the relative properties of the University of Rhode Island Change Assessment (URICA) and the Treatment Motivation Questionnaire (TMQ) in assessing offenders' motivation to change. METHOD Thirty-five male prisoners completed the URICA and the TMQ before and after treatment. The URICA scales were scored in(More)