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NCJ Number: NCJ 237131     Find in a Library
Title: Measuring Victimization Inside Prisons: Questioning the Questions
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Author(s): Nancy Wolff ; Jing Shi ; Ronet Bachman
  Journal: Journal of Interpersonal Violence  Volume:23  Issue:10  Dated:October 2008  Pages:1343 to 1362
Date Published: 10/2008
Page Count: 20
  Annotation: This study explored the importance of question wording when attempting to measure sexual and physical victimization.
Abstract: Violence and victimization inside the prison setting are accepted as facts, although the facts about their prevalence remain uncertain. Variation in the methods used to estimate rates of sexual and physical victimization contribute to the wide range in estimates appearing in the prison literature. This article focuses on the questions used in the prison victimization literature to elicit information on victimization from inmates, compared to questions used in the general victimization literature. The questions used in the National Violence Against Women and Men Surveys are used to estimate sexual and physical victimization rates for an entire prison system. Rates of victimization were found to vary significantly by specificity of the question, definition of perpetrator, and clustering of behaviors. Facts about victimization inside prison will become more certain when the methodology becomes more standardized and consistent with definitions of victimization. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Victimization in prisons
Index Term(s): Research methods ; Sexual assault ; Sexual assault victims ; Prisoner sexual assault ; Sexual assault trauma ; Victims of violence
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Mental Health
United States of America

US Dept of Justice, Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 2004-RP-BX-0012; P20 MH66170
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Type: Report (Study/Research)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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