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NCJ Number: 140283 Find in a Library
Title: Alienation and the Correctional Officer: A Multivariate Analysis
Journal: American Journal of Criminal Justice  Volume:16  Issue:1  Dated:(1991)  Pages:50-62
Author(s): S Walters
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 13
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study used Dean's Alienation Scale to measure levels of alienation among a sample of 126 correctional officers as a Western State prison.
Abstract: The independent variables used in the study were classified as either institutional or non-institutional. Institutional variables were those which were prison-specific, including an officer's custody orientation, rank, years of service, security level, and career experience. Non- institutional factors included in this study included age, education, marital status, and family size. The findings showed that institutional variables were associated with correctional officers' professional alienation; they reflected a social environment which made the officers' work difficult and stressful. The author recommends that correctional administrators recruit older and less custody-oriented correctional officers, allow officers to have input into the administration of the prison, update training methods, and expand the correctional officer's role. 5 notes and 29 references
Main Term(s): Alienation; Correctional personnel attitudes
Index Term(s): Western States
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