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NCJ Number: 113912 Find in a Library
Title: Stress and the Elderly Convict
Journal: International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology  Volume:32  Issue:2  Dated:(September 1988)  Pages:153-162
Author(s): M Vega; M Silverman
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 10
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Forty inmates ranging in age from 63 to 80 were tested and interviewed to determine the degree to which they perceived the prison environment as stressful.
Abstract: They were compared on measures of anxiety, anger, and curiosity with a group of younger inmates and with a standardization group. Their responses on these measures were similar to those of the younger inmates but significantly different from those of the standardization group. The interview, designed to assess the subjects' reactions to incarceration, indicated that these older inmates tend to create a facade of adjustment. This normal appearance, which results from a denial and suppression of their feelings, masks their stress and anger. This phenomenon of adjustment tends to inhibit development of programs to cope with this problem. (Author abstract)
Main Term(s): Older inmates
Index Term(s): Adjustment to prison; Inmate attitudes
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