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  NCJ Number: NCJ 225341   Add to Shopping cart   Find in a Library
  Title: Gendered Violence and Safety: A Contextual Approach to Improving Security in Women's Facilities: Part III of III: Measuring Gendered Violence and Safety: Research Design and Methods
  Document URL: PDF 
  Author(s): Barbara Owen Ph.D. ; James Wells Ph.D. ; Joycelyn Pollock Ph.D., J.D. ; Bernadette Muscat Ph.D. ; Stephanie Torres M.S.
  Date Published: 2008
  Page Count: 185
  Annotation: This third part of a three-part report on a project that investigated the context of gendered violence and safety in women’s correctional facilities discusses the development of a series of instruments designed to measure the social climate and context of inmate housing units.
  Abstract: The project produced a battery of multidimensional instruments with questionnaire items and response categories designed to capture accurately women’s experiences in correctional facilities. Based upon all empirical assessments conducted on the psychometric properties of the 11 instruments, there is strong evidence that these instruments are valid and reliable measures of various aspects of violence and safety in women’s correctional facilities; however, this does not mean that all of the instruments are ready for administering to future inmate populations. This is a “first wave” attempt to show that valid and reliable tools can be developed to measure issues that pertain to safety and violence in women’s correctional facilities. These tools can and should be refined and improved before they are ready for future use. Two of the instruments measured “Problems in the Housing Units Involving Inmates” and “Problems in the Housing Unit Involving Staff.” Three instruments measured the “Likelihood of Violence,” “Personal Awareness of Policies and Procedures Related to Safety and Violence,” and “Reporting Climate.” The remaining instruments measured factors leading to violence, specifically inmate sexual violence, inmate physical violence, staff verbal harassment, staff sexual harassment, staff sexual misconduct, and staff physical violence. 49 tables, 11 references, and 8 appendixes with supplementary information
  Main Term(s): Corrections research
  Index Term(s): Correctional Personnel Training ; Data collection devices ; Surveys ; Violent inmates ; Inmate staff relations ; Research methods ; Inmate personal security ; Data collection ; Female inmates ; Womens correctional institutions ; Prisoner sexual assault ; Prison conditions ; Violence prevention ; Violent females ; NIJ grant-related documents
  Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
  Grant Number: 2006-RP-BX-0016
  Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
  Note: Reference NCJ 225338 for complete report, NCJ 225339-40 for Parts I and II, and NCJ 225342 and 225343 for related bulletins.
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