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ERIC Number: ED520604
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 102
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1242-5804-1
Psychologists and the Incarcerated: New Trainees' Experience in the Field
Edwards, Daniel J.
ProQuest LLC, Psy.D. Dissertation, Antioch University New England
The purpose of this study was to explore clinical psychologist trainees' perceptions of incarcerated individuals after a practicum experience at a local jail. A qualitative methodology, Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis, was utilized to explore subjective experiences and determine if participants' attitudes and beliefs were challenged with regard to rehabilitation of inmates and the value and efficacy of correctional psychology. Through semi-structured interviews, five psychology graduate students were asked to discuss the nature of their practicum experience at a jail in rural New Hampshire. Analyses of the interviews identified six common themes that reflected a shift or change in participants' attitudes, beliefs, and preconceptions about the possibility of inmate rehabilitation and the value of providing psychological services in a jail setting. Specifically, I anticipated that positive beliefs and attitudes about inmates' capacity for change and an increase in openness to working with this population would result from one-on-one and group interactions with incarcerated individuals. Because approximately half of incarcerated individuals suffer from mental illness and employment in prisons is often ignored or dismissed by psychologists, it is important to explore how attitudes and predispositions can be challenged, so that we as a profession are not ignoring a significant population in need of our skills and knowledge. Understanding such predispositions and attitudes will help psychologists plan more effective training programs and make informed decisions about working with incarcerated clients. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Hampshire