ERIC Number: ED045915
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
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A Study of the Self-Esteem and Related Background Factors of New Reformatory Inmates.
Johnson, Robert Edwin
The purposes of this study were to examine whether the self-esteem of inmates is low when compared with the self-esteem of a civilian population, and to examine twelve inmate background factors that might influence inmate self-esteem at the time of incarceration. The population consisted of 153 Negro and 182 white 17-22 year old "first-timers" entering the Michigan Reformatory between September 1, 1965 and June 1, 1966. Inmate background factors studied were race, age at admission, work experience, school grade level attained, mothers' or fathers' attitudes toward inmates, family cohesiveness, marital status of parents, inmate's age at first recorded delinquency, time already served, and length of current sentence. The two major findings were: (1) the distribution of the self-esteem scores among the white inmates did not differ significantly from the distribution of similar scores of a representative civilian population of white twelfth graders, and (2) such slight correlation between inmate self-esteem and the inmate background factors were found that none of the background factors appeared to have more than the slightest influence on inmate self-esteem scores. (Author/NL)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Blacks, Comparative Analysis, Delinquency, Doctoral Dissertations, Family Status, Marital Status, Parent Attitudes, Prisoners, Self Esteem, Socioeconomic Background, Whites, Work Experience
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Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing.
Note: Ph. D. Thesis