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NCJ Number: 150740 Find in a Library
Title: Staff Stress in Contemporary Jails: Assessing Problem Severity and the Payoff of Progressive Personnel Practices
Journal: Journal of Criminal Justice  Volume:22  Issue:4  Dated:(1994)  Pages:313- 327
Author(s): M K Stohr; N P Lovrich; G L Wilson
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 15
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Corrections
Washington, DC 20534
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study was conducted to determine if the presence of a high level of workplace stress among carefully recruited and monitored personnel could jeopardize the long- term return on selection and training resources invested in employees of podular, direct supervision jails.
Abstract: Study sites containing medium-sized urban area facilities were selected across the United States to ensure that generalizations made about stress levels in podular, direct supervision jails were applicable across a wide range of geographic settings. Research was accomplished using a personnel survey and an organizational profile form. Findings from five jails demonstrated that stress was a serious problem in all facilities. Average stress levels among correctional officers and support staff were at or approaching dangerous levels. Some jail facilities, however, managed stressful workplace conditions more effectively than others. Stress management was accomplished by developing model personnel and management practices featuring fair compensation, employee development, participative management, and employee improvement. 19 references, 2 notes, and 8 tables
Main Term(s): Corrections occupational stress
Index Term(s): Correctional officer stress; Correctional personnel; Direct supervision jails; Jail management; Stress management; Urban area studies
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