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NCJ Number: 63839 Find in a Library
Title: CORRELATES OF STATISFACTORY RELATIONS BETWEEN CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS AND PRISONERS
Journal: JOURNAL OF OFFENDER COUNSELING SERVICES AND REHABILITATION  Volume:4  Issue:1  Dated:(FALL 1979)  Pages:53-62
Author(s): R J HOMANT
Corporate Author: Haworth Press, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 10
Sponsoring Agency: Haworth Press, Inc
Binghamton, NY 13904
University of Detroit
Detroit, MI 48226
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: RESULTS ARE REPORTED FROM A STUDY OF RELATIONS BETWEEN CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS AND INMATES, BASED ON INMATE RATINGS OF SPECIFIC OFFICERS AND TESTS COMPLETED BY THOSE OFFICERS.
Abstract: THE STUDY, LOCATED AT WISCONSIN STATE PRISON, A MAXIMUM-SECURITY, ADULT INSTITUTION, ASKED WHETHER IT WAS POSSIBLE TO DISTINGUISH BETWEEN CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS IN THEIR RELATIONS WITH INMATES. OVER SEVERAL MONTHS, 41 CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS WERE GIVEN A LOCUS-OF-CONTROL TEST (LEVENSON, 1974) THAT MEASURES THE EXTENT TO WHICH PEOPOLE FEEL THEIR LIVES ARE CONTROLLED BY THEMSELVES, 'POWERFUL OTHERS,' AND BY 'CHANCE.' IN ADDITION, SUBJECTS WERE ASKED TO DESCRIBED HOW THEY WOULD DEAL WITH EIGHT TYPICAL PRISON SITUATIONS. TEN PRISONERS WERE SELECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE STUDY--FIVE WHITES, FOUR BLACKS, AND ONE CHICANO. EACH INMATE WAS GIVEN THE NAMES OF THE 41 OFFICERS, ASKED TO RATE THEM ON A FIVE-POINT SCALE, AND THEN DESCRIBE THE COMMON QUALITIES OF THOSE RATED HIGH AND THOSE RATED LOW. THE OFFICERS DID SHOW CONSISTENT INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES IN THEIR RESPONSES TO VARIOUS PRISON SITUATIONS, SO THAT IT WAS POSSIBLE TO DISTINGUISH BETWEEN OFFICERS BASED ON THEIR STYLE OF INTERACTION WITH INMATES. THE INMATE RATERS GAVE THE OFFICERS AN OVERAL RATING OF ABOVE AVERAGE. INMATES DESCRIBED THE IDEAL OFFICER AS ONE WHO COULD ACHIEVE A BALANCE BETWEEN BEING SENSITIVE TO INMATES NEEDS WITHOUT BECOMING SUBJECTIVE OR ABDICATING RESPONSIBILITY. OFFICER TEST RESULTS DID NOT CORRELATE WITH INMATE RATINGS, AND A NEED FOR CLEARER GUIDANCE WAS EXPRESSED BY OFFICERS ON STANDARDS FOR INTERACTION WITH INMATES. DATA AND REFERENCES ARE PROVIDED. (RCB)
Index Term(s): Correctional Officers; Correctional Personnel Training; Inmate staff relations; Studies
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