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NCJ Number: 98156 Find in a Library
Title: Scale To Measure Attitudes Toward Prisoners
Journal: Criminal Justice and Behavior  Volume:12  Issue:2  Dated:(June 1985)  Pages:241-253
Author(s): K B Melvin; L K Gramling; W M Gardner
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 13
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The construction and validation of the Attitudes toward Prisoners (ATP) scale are described.
Abstract: Factor analysis resulted in a 36-item Likert scale with the items correlating at least .47 with a general factor. The ATP scale possesses moderate to high split-half (r=.84 to .92) and test-retest (r=.82) reliability. No evidence of response distortion was found. A number of comparisons between selected groups provided considerable evidence of validity. Groups of prisoners, as well as persons engaged in prisoner rehabilitation or prison reform, scored highest on the scale. Intermediate-scoring groups consisted of students, a community sample, and correctional officers. As predicted, the group with lowest average ATP scores consisted of law enforcement officers. (Publisher abstract)
Index Term(s): Correctional personnel attitudes; Inmate attitudes; Police attitudes; Public Attitudes/Opinion; Testing and measurement
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