Attitudes towards prisoners, as reported by prison inmates, prison employees and college students.

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http://hdl.handle.net/10143/30592
Title:
Attitudes towards prisoners, as reported by prison inmates, prison employees and college students.
Authors:
Kjelsberg, Ellen; Skoglund, Tom Hilding; Rustad, Aase-Bente
Citation:
BMC public health 2007, 7:71

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dc.contributor.authorKjelsberg, Ellen-
dc.contributor.authorSkoglund, Tom Hilding-
dc.contributor.authorRustad, Aase-Bente-
dc.date.accessioned2008-06-30T07:43:24Z-
dc.date.available2008-06-30T07:43:24Z-
dc.date.issued2007-
dc.identifier.citationBMC public health 2007, 7:71en
dc.identifier.issn1471-2458-
dc.identifier.pmid17480213-
dc.identifier.doi10.1186/1471-2458-7-71-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10143/30592-
dc.description.abstractBACKGROUND: Positive attitudes towards prisoners are important in securing the effectiveness of various correctional rehabilitation programs and the successful reintegration of prisoners after release. We wanted to investigate the attitudes towards prisoners among prison inmates, prison employees and college students. METHODS: The Attitudes Toward Prisoners scale was completed by 298 inmates in 4 Norwegian prisons, 387 employees working in the same prisons, and 183 college students. In addition, all respondents were asked a number of general questions about prisoners, crime and punishment. RESULTS: The study groups differed significantly in their attitudes towards prisoners, as measured by the Attitudes Toward Prisoners scale, with prison inmates holding the most positive attitudes. Prison officers held more negative attitudes than other prison employees. Prison employees working in female-only facilities held more positive attitudes than those working in male-only facilities. Students differed significantly in their attitudes, with those studying business economics holding more negative attitudes than those studying nursing. A number of strong correlations emerged between negative attitudes towards prisoners and more pessimistic and punitive answers on general questions about prisoners, crime and punishment. CONCLUSION: The attitudes towards prisoners differed markedly among the groups investigated. The findings could have important implications, particularly for the preventive work carried out in our prisons. Whether attitudes toward prisoners can be influenced by educational programs and the dispersion of factual information needs to be investigated.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.subjectVDP::Medisinske Fag: 700::Helsefag: 800::Yrkesmedisin: 809en
dc.subject.meshAdulten
dc.subject.meshAttitudeen
dc.subject.meshCrimeen
dc.subject.meshEmploymenten
dc.subject.meshFemaleen
dc.subject.meshHealth Care Surveysen
dc.subject.meshHumansen
dc.subject.meshMaleen
dc.subject.meshMental Disordersen
dc.subject.meshMiddle Ageden
dc.subject.meshNorwayen
dc.subject.meshPoliceen
dc.subject.meshPrisonersen
dc.subject.meshPrisonsen
dc.subject.meshPsychometricsen
dc.subject.meshPunishmenten
dc.subject.meshQuestionnairesen
dc.subject.meshRehabilitationen
dc.subject.meshSex Factorsen
dc.subject.meshSocial Justiceen
dc.subject.meshStudentsen
dc.subject.meshUniversitiesen
dc.titleAttitudes towards prisoners, as reported by prison inmates, prison employees and college students.en
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.typepeer revieweden
dc.contributor.departmentCentre for Research and Education in Forensic Psychiatry, Psychiatric Division, Ullevaal University Hospital, KPS, Building 7 Gaustad, Oslo, Norway. ellen.kjelsberg@kompetanse-senteret.noen
dc.contributor.departmentUllevaal University Hospitalen
dc.identifier.journalBMC public healthen
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