Psychological conditions for the prevention of recidivism



The article analyzes the results of a study of recidivism conducted in England, Denmark, Canada, Nigeria, Portugal, New Zealand, the USA, and Scotland. Objective and subjective determinants have been identified that make it possible to predict with a high degree of probability the subsequent criminal prosecution violation, its time parameters. The psychological portrait of the recidivist is described, stress factors of delinquent behavior are revealed. The driving forces of decriminalization of former criminals are revealed. This is an intensive probationary period under the auspices of mentors who are able to build trusting relationships with parole through consistent, non-judgmental actions with the simultaneous possibility of playing the role of guardians of young people in difficult social and criminal settings in solving their economic problems.

General Information

Keywords: recidivism; probation service; intensive trial period; stress; extremism; decriminalization; stigma reintegration.

Journal rubric: Labour Psychology and Engineering Psychology

Article type: review article


For citation: Sechko A.V. Psychological conditions for the prevention of recidivism [Elektronnyi resurs]. Sovremennaia zarubezhnaia psikhologiia = Journal of Modern Foreign Psychology, 2020. Vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 85–93. DOI: 10.17759/jmfp.2020090109. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Alexander V. Sechko, PhD in Psychology, Docent, Associate Professor, Department of Scientific Foundations of Extreme Psychology, Faculty of Ex-treme Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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