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ERIC Number: EJ841913
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-1050-9674
Stigmatization among Probationers
Schneider, Andreas; McKim, Wayne
Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, v38 n1 p19-31 2003
This study investigates stigmatization in the probation process from the perspective of the probationer. Hereby we use the concepts of primary and secondary deviance provided by labeling theory to differentiate between stigmatization by others and self-stigmatization. While stigmatization by others is less direct in the guidance of the probationer's behavior, it can support self-stigmatization. In our empirical study in rural West Texas, we found that stigmatization of probation is perceived to originate mainly from employers, but also from law enforcement officers and the general community of the probationer. This stigmatization is counterbalanced by the perception of the probationer that the probation initiates support from friends and family. Contradictions in the different forms of stigmatization might be one of the reasons why our subjects do not stigmatize themselves as a result of probation. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas