An Analysis of Self-Perception: Professionalism and Attitudes Toward Punishment of Correctional Officers in a Women's Reformatory

Asha Pandya, The College of Wooster


This thesis explores correctional officers' attitudes towards rehabilitation, job satisfaction, self-concept and professionalism levels. Officers at Marysville Women's Reformatory were tested as a representative sample of correctional officers in the form of a questionnaire. The review of literature section covers several topics: the historical progression of English prisons, American prison progression, female correctional facilities and correction officers. Theoretical application touched upon the three broad based sociological theories. The basic assumption of each were outlined with emphasis on specific theorists. Analysis of results were divided into four discussion areas. The first of these was the relationship between self-concept and professionalism. The second dealt with the relationship between self-concept and rehabilitation attitudes. Occupational satisfaction was viewed within this section. Next attitudes towards rehabilitation and professionalism were analyzed. Lastly, the area of occupational satisfaction and professionalism were studied. Results within these four areas show little statistical significance between the variables correlated. Future research is suggested. Suggestions include expanding the sample size and using a different research design. Discussion on the questionnaire involves expansion and clarification of the questions asked.


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