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NCJ Number: 64863 Find in a Library
Title: PEER AND PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS - PRISONERS' PREFERENCES AND EVALUATIONS
Journal: CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND BEHAVIOR  Volume:6  Issue:4  Dated:(DECEMBER 1979)  Pages:400-415
Author(s): T J CAHILL; J C JESSELL; A M HORNE
Corporate Author: Sage Publications, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: Sage Publications, Inc
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: PRISONERS' PREFERENCE FOR AN EVALUATION OF EITHER A PEER COUNSELOR INMATE TRAINED IN COUNSELING OR A PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR ARE EXAMINED.
Abstract: THROUGH THE USE OF VIDEOTAPED, SIMULATED COUNSELING VIGNETTES, RESEARCHERS ANALYZED REACTIONS OF 98 MALE INMATES OF A FEDERAL PENAL INSTITUTION. OF PARTICULAR INTEREST WAS WHETHER OR NOT AN INMATE'S LEVEL OF ADJUSTMENT, AS MEASURED BY BARRON'S EGO STRENGH SCALE, WAS RELATED TO PREFERENCE FOR EITHER A PEER OR PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR. THE EGO STRENGTH SCALE FAILED TO SERVE AS A USEFUL PREDICTOR OF INMATES' PREFERENCE FOR TYPE OF COUNSELOR. RESULTS OF THE STUDY SHOWED THAT A MAJORITY OF INMATES PREFERRED A PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR, WHEREAS A MINORITY PREFERRED A PEER. REASONS FOR THE PREFERRENCE FOR A PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR COULD BE INMATE'S PERCEPTION THAT HE HAD GREATER INFLUENCE REGARDING PAROLE OR RESPONDED IN A SOCIALLY DESIRABLE WAY. THE FACT THAT PEER COUNSELORS HAVE ONLY RECENTLY BEEN EMPLOYED IN A PRISON SETTING MAY HAVE BEEN A FACTOR IN THE LOW NUMBER OF PREFERENCES FOR A PEER COUNSELOR. THE FINDING THAT THE MAJORITY OF PRISONERS PREFERRED THE PROFESSIONAL SUGGESTS THAT SUBJECTS SEEM TO DESIRE THE EMPLOYMENT OF PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS. THIS COULD BE PARTICULARLY RELEVANT TO INSTITUTIONS IN WHICH THE PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR-INMATE RATIO IS HIGH. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED--MJW)
Index Term(s): Counseling; Counselors; Inmate attitudes; Inmate peer counseling
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