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NCJ Number: 229945 Find in a Library
Title: Rating the Prison Boss: Examining Supervision Among Prison Health Care Staff
Journal: Journal of Criminal Justice  Volume:38  Issue:1  Dated:January/February 2010  Pages:69-76
Author(s): Brett Garland; William McCarty
Date Published: January 2010
Page Count: 8
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined perceptions of supervision among 424 prison health care staff in the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
Abstract: Health care staff are instrumental in prisons given their roles in aiding security and the growing demand for medical services among prisoners. Unfortunately, little attention has been paid to this prison staff subpopulation. Study participants felt that prison supervisors were most effective in clarifying expectations and least effective in giving feedback for performance, involving staff in planning, and extending job autonomy. Using hierarchical linear models (HLM), some unique findings emerged. Efficacy in dealing with inmates was the strongest predictor variable: health care staff who felt more positive and effective with inmates had more favorable feelings toward supervision. Staff working in high- and medium-security prisons had more positive feelings toward supervision than those in minimum security, and younger staff had more favorable attitudes toward supervisors than older staff. The implications of these findings and directions for future research are discussed. Tables, appendix, notes, and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Correctional personnel attitudes
Index Term(s): Comparative analysis; Correctional staff management; Corrections internal security; Inmate health care; Inmate staff relations; Work attitudes
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