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NCJ Number: 51276 Find in a Library
Title: SELF-CONCEPT CHANGES ASSOCIATED WITH INCARCERATION IN FEMALE PRISONERS
Journal: CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND BEHAVIOR  Volume:5  Issue:3  Dated:(SEPTEMBER 1978)  Pages:271-279
Author(s): T E HANNUM; F H BORGEN; R M ANDERSON
Corporate Author: Sage Publications, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 9
Sponsoring Agency: Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011
Sage Publications, Inc
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Sale Source: Iowa State University
Dept of Psychology
152 Quadrangle
Ames, IA 50011
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: CHANGES IN SELF-CONCEPT ASSOCIATED WITH A PERIOD OF INCARCERATION WERE INVESTIGATED IN 73 WOMEN ADMITTED TO THE IOWA WOMEN'S REFORMATORY. THEIR SELF-CONCEPT GENERALLY IMPROVED OVER A 6-MONTH PERIOD.
Abstract: AT ADMISSION THE WOMEN WERE GIVEN THE USUAL BATTERY OF ADMISSION TESTS PLUS A 24-ITEM SELF-CONCEPT SCALE. WHEN THE SAME TESTS WERE GIVEN 6 MONTHS LATER, GENERAL IMPROVEMENT WAS NOTED. THE WOMEN GENERALLY FELT THEY WERE MORE SKILLED, WERE MORE GOOD-LOOKING, WERE MORE RELAXED, AND WERE SMARTER. TEST ITEMS INDICATING THESE CHANGES ARE EXAMINED IN DETAIL AND THE FINDINGS ARE PRESENTED IN TABULAR FORM. ONLY ONE SCALE DECLINED; THE SUBJECTS WERE INCLINED TO VIEW THEMSELVES AS MORE LAZY AFTER 6 MONTHS. THIS IS CONSISTENT WITH THE NONPRODUCTIVE NATURE OF THE INCARCERATION SETTING. IT IS HYPOTHESIZED THAT THE NEWLY ADMITTED PRISONER IS IN A PERIOD OF LOW SELF-ESTEEM AND RETURNS TO HER NORM AFTER A PERIOD OF ADJUSTMENT. SOME OF THE CHANGE IS ALSO ATTRIBUTED TO THE ACTIVE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS IN THE INSTITUTION. REFERENCES ARE PROVIDED. (GLR)
Index Term(s): Female offenders; Inmates; Iowa; Personality assessment; Self concept
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