Coping, Behavior, and Adaptation in Prison Inmates by Edward Zamble

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By Edward Zamble

This publication is the record of a collaborative attempt. Frank Porporino and that i arrived on the place to begin for our interact by means of very varied routes. initially expert as an experimental psychologist, I had develop into in­ creasingly restive in the confines of the laboratory, and spent a sab­ batical yr within the an identical of a medical internship. I then spent it slow as a part-time advisor in an area penal complex. so much of my time within the establishment used to be spent with inmates with numerous difficulties, most likely approximately 50 participants over the process a yr. even though this was once a long way fewer than a full-time psychologist within the procedure could come upon, it served as a brief cram direction on challenge prisoners and prisoner difficulties. in a short time my stereotypes approximately convicts have been proven to be almost dead. I discovered that the legal periods incorporated all degrees of society, and that the habit of prisoners used to be kind of like that of alternative people in a tough environment.

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3 Subjects: Selection and Characteristics Selection and Recruitment Before recruiting subjects for the study, we set up a series of requirements. In the first place, we decided to deal only with male prisoners. There are roughly 100 men in federal institutions in Canada for every woman. , Heffernan, 1972), so we could not easily treat women as a subgroup within the male population. Thus, we realized that we could not study both men and women; for this study we considered the numbers and chose to deal only with male prisoners.

As a result, interpretation of the results is often problematic. One never knows whether any difference that appears between groups shows a real effect of the length of time in prison, or whether it is instead the result of one of the other extraneous variables. For example, one may end up comparing a mixed group of inmates who are beginning their terms with another group who have served several years. Any differences that appear might be the result of several years imprisonment, or they could be a selection artifact, since the latter group will undoubtedly consist of inmates who have been denied parole and are different from other inmates who were released on parole.

We expected that much of the confusion might be attributable to differences in the time of measurement or from an interaction with coping, so we included a measure of this construct, a brief 20-item scale made of 10 items from the Coopersmith Self-Esteem Inventory (Coopersmith, 1967) and 10 items from the self-depreciation scale of the Basic Personality Inventory (Jackson, 1976). Another major cognitive construct which we expected to affect behavior in prison was locus of control (Rotter, 1966).

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