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Community reintegration of ex-prisoners : type and degree of change in variables influencing successful reintegration

Shinkfield, Alison and Graffam, Joseph 2009, Community reintegration of ex-prisoners : type and degree of change in variables influencing successful reintegration, International journal of offender therapy and comparative criminology, vol. 53, no. 1, pp. 29-42, doi: 10.1177/0306624X07309757.

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Title Community reintegration of ex-prisoners : type and degree of change in variables influencing successful reintegration
Author(s) Shinkfield, Alison
Graffam, Joseph
Journal name International journal of offender therapy and comparative criminology
Volume number 53
Issue number 1
Start page 29
End page 42
Total pages 14
Publisher Association for Psychiatric Treatment of Offenders
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2009
ISSN 0306-624X
1552-6933
Keyword(s) reintegration
ex-prisoners
Summary Community reintegration of ex-prisoners is an important issue in efforts to reduce recidivism. The present study examined the multiple, complex, and dynamic nature of variables influencing successful reintegration by assessing the type and degree of change in reintegration variables over time. Participants were 79 adult prisoners (54 male, 25 female) who completed a prerelease questionnaire 1 month before their release, which focused on prison-related variables, participant background, and anticipated conditions upon release. A postrelease questionnaire was administered to the same participants at 1-4 weeks and 3-4 months postrelease, focusing on the quality of life conditions experienced following release. Results indicate that current health ratings and several indicators of drug use were significantly different over the three measurement phases. Ratings of employment and housing stability, finance, and social support were unchanged over the postrelease period. Theoretical implications of the present investigation for reintegration theory are discussed, together with practical applications.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/0306624X07309757
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2009
Copyright notice ©2009, Sage Publications
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30007562

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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