Assessing the therapeutic climate of prisons

Day, Andrew, Casey, Sharon, Vess, Jim and Huisy, Gina 2012, Assessing the therapeutic climate of prisons, Criminal Justice and Behavior, vol. 39, no. 2, pp. 156-168.

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Title Assessing the therapeutic climate of prisons
Author(s) Day, Andrew
Casey, Sharon
Vess, Jim
Huisy, Gina
Journal name Criminal Justice and Behavior
Volume number 39
Issue number 2
Start page 156
End page 168
Total pages 13
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Publication date 2012-02
ISSN 0093-8548
1552-3594
Keyword(s) prison social climate
therapeutic climate
therapeutic milieu
therapeutic community
rehabilitation
Summary This study examined perceptions of the prison social climate in two Australian prisons from the perspective of both prison staff and prisoners. Ratings of social climate were compared between a specialist treatment prison that provides intensive rehabilitation programs to violent, sexual, and substance-using offenders and a mainstream prison that does not specialize in offender rehabilitation. The results suggested that staff and prisoners at the specialist treatment prison rated the social climate as more conducive to rehabilitation, although the differences were less pronounced for prisoners. These findings are discussed in relation to the development of specialist therapeutic prisons and how assessments of social climate might inform assessments of their success.
Language eng
Field of Research 160202 Correctional Theory, Offender Treatment and Rehabilitation
Socio Economic Objective 940403 Criminal Justice
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, International Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30042992

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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