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Pub. Type Journal Article
Title Measuring prison disciplinary problems: A multiple indicators approach to understanding prison adjustment
Author(s) Van Voorhis, P.
Journal Justice Quarterly
Pub. Date Dec 1994
Abstract Data were obtained at the Federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana, between September 1986 and July 1988, and 111 male inmates participated in the study and followup. Inmates ranged in age from 19 to 63 years, and 96 percent had prior adult and/or juvenile records. Multiple indicators analysis revealed agreement among measures of insubordination. For other measures, staff data tended to agree with official data, and self-report measures tended to agree with interview measures. Bivariate and multivariate analysis showed that effects of psychological, demographic, and criminal record variables on prison adjustment varied substantially across criterion measures. In general, study results suggest that most criterion measures of prison adjustment are reasonably valid but that each measure poses different sources of potential bias and measurement error. An appendix describes criterion variables. 72 references, 7 footnotes, and 7 tables source
Volume 11
Issue/No. 4
Pages 679 - 709
ISSN 0741-8825
NCJ No. NCJ 154203

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