A new direction

The programme ‘A New Direction’ is a cognitive intervention for young persons at risk of developing a criminal lifestyle. The treatment addresses criminal thinking patterns and constructs.

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SBU Enquiry Service

Consists of structured literature searches to highlight studies that can address questions received by the SBU Enquiry Service from Swedish healthcare or social service providers. We assess the risk of bias in systematic reviews and when needed also quality and transferability of results in health economic studies. Relevant references are compiled by an SBU staff member, in consultation with an external expert when needed.

Published: Report no: ut202006 Registration no: SBU 2019/781


What scientific studies are there on the cognitive intervention “A new direction/Ett nytt vägval”?

Identified literature

No relevant systematic reviews were identified. Only one small non-randomized study on effects of the intervention was identified [1]. The primary study was not assessed for risk of bias.


  1. Sophia Lindblom, Lars Eriksson & Arto J. Hiltunen (2017) Evaluation of the cognitive intervention programme ‘A New Direction’ targeting young offenders in Sweden, Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention, 18:2, 176-190, DOI:10.1080/14043858.2017.1307545.
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