Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Social Work


Sociology, Criminology and Penology.


Maticka-Tyndale, Eleanor,




This research evaluated the effectiveness of a federal offender program at the John Howard Society of Hamilton-Wentworth called Counter-Point. The sample for this research consisted of forty-four male federal criminal offenders. The Level of Service Inventory-Revised (LSI-R) was used to assess changes in nine dynamic (i.e. changeable) life domains. Counter-Point's goal was to affect change in the nine dynamic life domains. Counter-Point's program was based on a subset of Social Learning Theory referred to as Differential Association-Reinforcement Theory. The program included activities designed to alter offender attitudes, values and thinking patterns from pro-criminal towards pro-social patterns. Using domains measured by the LSI-R, the two hypotheses put forth for this evaluation research were: (1) there will be change toward pro-social attitudes and behaviours in all nine dynamic life domains, (2) the five dynamic life domains of 'leisure/recreation', 'companions', 'alcohol/drug problem', 'emotional/personal', and 'attitudes/orientation', as measured by the before-program and after-program LSI-R, will have greater change than the following four dynamic domains of 'education/employment', 'financial', 'family/marital', and 'accommodation'. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2001 .M338. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 40-06, page: 1431. Adviser: Eleanor Maticka-Tyndale. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2001.