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Title: IMPACT OF AN ORGANIZED VARSITY SPORTS PROGRAM IN THE PENNSYLVANIA BUREAU OF CORRECTION AS IT RELATES TO INMATE SELF-ESTEEM
Author(s): W S THORNSLEY
Corporate Author: Pennsylvania Bureau of Corrections
Planning and Research Division
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 51
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Pennsylvania Bureau of Corrections
Camp Hill, PA 17011
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A STUDY TO DETERMINE WHETHER INMATE PARTICIPATION IN ORGANIZED VARSITY SPORTS PROGRAMS IS ASSOCIATED WITH INMATE SELF-ESTEEM WAS SPONSORED BY THE PENNSYLVANIA BUREAU OF CORRECTION IN 1979.
Abstract: THE METHODOLOGY USED IN THIS STUDY INVOLVED THE DISTRIBUTION OF COOPERSMITH'S 1961 SELF-ESTEEM INVENTORY TO RANDOMLY SELECTED VARSITY SPORTS PARTICIPANTS AND TO A MATCHED SAMPLING OF NONPARTICIPANTS, BASED ON SPECIFIC VARIABLES. THE TWO SAMPLES OF NEWLY-ADMITTED INMATES WERE SUBSEQUENTLY PLACED IN ONE OF FOUR GROUPS FOUND IN THE RANDOMIZED SOLOMON FOUR-GROUP DESIGN. ALL FOUR GROUPS WERE POSTTESTED. ALL DATA WERE ANALYZED BY COMPUTER TO DETERMINE FREQUENCY DISTRIBUTIONS FOR FIVE VARIABLES. FINDINGS OF THIS SURVEY INDICATE THAT INMATES WHO PARTICIPATE IN THE PENNSYLVANIA BUREAU OF CORRECTION'S ORGANIZED VARSITY SPORTS PROGRAM TEND TO DISPLAY MATHEMATICALLY HIGHER SELF-ESTEEM INVENTORY SCORES AT A FASTER RATE THAN THE SPORTS PARTICIPANTS. THE CONCLUSION IS WARRANTED THAT PARTICIPATION IN ORGANIZED VARSITY SPORTS HAS NO IMPACT ON INMATES' SELF-ESTEEM, ONLY THAT THE ORGANIZED SPORTS PROGRAM ATTRACTS INMATES WHO ALREADY HAVE A SOUND LEVEL OF SELF-ESTEEM BEFORE THAT ATHLETIC INVOLVEMENT. TABULAR DATA ARE INCLUDED IN THE TEXT. FOOTNOTES, A BIBLIOGRAPHY, AND A SELF-ESTEEM INVENTORY FORM ARE APPENDED. BASED IN PART ON THE AUTHOR'S ABSTRACT.
Index Term(s): Inmate attitudes; Inmate Programs; Inmates; Pennsylvania; Psychological evaluation; Self concept
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