The perceived employability of ex-prisoners and offenders

Graffam, Joseph, Shinkfield, Alison and Hardcastle, Lesley 2008, The perceived employability of ex-prisoners and offenders, International journal of offender therapy and comparative criminology, vol. 52, no. 6, pp. 673-685, doi: 10.1177/0306624X07307783.

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Title The perceived employability of ex-prisoners and offenders
Author(s) Graffam, Joseph
Shinkfield, Alison
Hardcastle, Lesley
Journal name International journal of offender therapy and comparative criminology
Volume number 52
Issue number 6
Start page 673
End page 685
Total pages 13
Publisher Sage Publications, Inc.
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Publication date 2008-12-01
ISSN 0306-624X
Keyword(s) employment
Summary A large-scale study was conducted to examine the perceived employability of ex-prisoners and offenders. Four participant groups comprising 596 (50.4%) employers, 234 (19.8%) employment service workers, 176 (14.9%) corrections workers, and 175 (14.8%) prisoners and offenders completed a questionnaire assessing the likelihood of a hypothetical job seeker's both obtaining and maintaining employment; the importance of specific skills and characteristics to employability; and the likelihood that ex-prisoners, offenders, and the general workforce exhibit these skills and characteristics. Apart from people with an intellectual or psychiatric disability, those with a criminal background were rated as being less likely than other disadvantaged groups to obtain and maintain employment. In addition, ex-prisoners were rated as being less likely than offenders and the general workforce to exhibit the skills and characteristics relevant to employability. Implications for the preparation and support of ex-prisoners and offenders into employment are discussed, together with broader community-wide initiatives to promote reintegration.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/0306624X07307783
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2007
Copyright notice ©2008, SAGE Publications
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