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NCJ Number: 35310 Find in a Library
Title: ATTITUDINAL EFFECTS OF GROUP DISCUSSIONS BETWEEN YOUNG CRIMINAL OFFENDERS AND COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS
Journal: JOURNAL OF COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY  Volume:1  Issue:4  Dated:(OCTOBER 1973)  Pages:417-422
Author(s): D A ANDREWS; J G YOUNG; J S WORMITH; C A SEARLE; M KOURI
Corporate Author: Clinical Psychology Publishing Co
United States of America
Date Published: 1973
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: Clinical Psychology Publishing Co
Brandon, VT 05733
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS STUDY INVESTIGATED THE FEASIBILITY OF USING COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS FOR OFFENDER COUNSELING BY MEASURING ATTITUDE CHANGES IN OFFENDERS AFTER COUNSELING AND COMPARING THEIR ATTITUDE CHANGES TO A CONTROL GROUP.
Abstract: PRE- AND POST- MEASURES OF ATTITUDES TOWARD THE LAW AND LAW VIOLATIONS WERE TAKEN ON 10 YOUNG INCARCERATED OFFENDERS AND 10 UNDERGRADUATE COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS WHO PARTICIPATED TOGETHER IN SHORT-TERM STRUCTURED GROUP COUNSELING. MEASURES WERE ALSO TAKEN ON CONTROL INCARCERATED OFFENDERS AND CONTROL VOLUNTEERS. THERE WERE SIGNIFICANT PRETREATMENT DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE OFFENDERS AND THE VOLUNTEERS ON IDENTIFICATION WITH CRIMINAL OTHERS, TOLERANCE FOR LAW VIOLATIONS, RESPECT FOR THE LAW AND JUDICIAL PROCESS AND AWARENESS OF LIMITED OPPORTUNITY. NO PRETREATMENT DIFFERENCES WERE FOUND ON VALUE OF EDUCATION AND VALUE OF EMPLOYMENT. WHILE CONTROL OFFENDERS SHOWED INCREASED IDENTIFICATION WITH CRIMINAL OTHERS AND INCREASED TOLERANCE FOR LAW VIOLATIONS, THE EXPERIMENTAL PARTICIPATING OFFENDERS SHOWED SIGNIFICANT DECREASES ON IDENTIFICATION AND NO CHANGE ON THE TOLERANCE MEASURE. THE CONTROL OFFENDERS DEVALUED EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT WHILE THE OFFENDERS WHO HAD CONTACT WITH THE VOLUNTEERS DID NOT. TREATMENT EFFECTS WERE MINIMAL AMONG THE COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT)
Index Term(s): Canada; Counseling; Inmate attitudes; Inmate Programs; Volunteer programs
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