Community corrections officers’ perspectives on the role of positive psychological states in offender supervision

Woldgabreal, Yilma, and Day, Andrew (2018) Community corrections officers’ perspectives on the role of positive psychological states in offender supervision. Advancing Corrections, 4. pp. 103-115. (In Press)

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Abstract

This paper reports the results of a qualitative analysis of Community Corrections Officers (CCOs) conceptualizations of the contribution of positive psychology constructs to offender supervision. The study specifically explored the potential contribution of practices that promote positive psychological states (i.e., psychological flexibility, self-efficacy, optimism, and hope). A grounded theory analysis of interviews with 22 CCOs identified themes that support the utilities of positive psychological states in offender supervision practices. However, from the perspectives of CCOs, helping offenders to mobilize their positive psychological states on its own is not sufficient for improved supervision outcomes, as positive environmental influences were viewed as equally crucial for the effective regulation of offenders’ feelings, thoughts and behaviors. Discussion of these findings and the implications for practice conclude the article.

Item ID: 52560
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2517-9233
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2018 23:13
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170104 Forensic Psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940408 Rehabilitation and Correctional Services @ 100%
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