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NCJ Number: 148731 Find in a Library
Title: Stress Stressors: Inmate and Staff Perceptions
Journal: American Jails  Dated:(September-October 1993)  Pages:21-30
Author(s): J L Marston
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 10
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A sample of 110 male inmates, 14 female inmates, and 79 prison staff members completed a questionnaire regarding the stressors they experienced within the facility.
Abstract: Both staff and inmates experienced more psychological than physical symptoms as a result of stress. Staff appeared to use physical exercise as their primary stress-coping mechanism, while inmates, who were limited in their accessibility to physical exercise, also used reading, writing, and talking with other inmates as methods of relieving stress. Boredom was cited by inmates as the single most stressful aspect of incarceration; both inmates and staff recommended enhanced programming as a means of combating boredom. Staff members reported that having to deal with hostile and demanding inmates was the most stressful aspect of their job; most believed improving communications would be the best technique to reduce their stress. 8 tables
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): Correctional officer stress; Inmate attitudes; Stress management
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