Assessing the Social Climate of Australian Prisons
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Sep. 20, 2011
ANNOTATION: The validation of the Essen Climate Evaluation Schema (EssenCES) is discussed. This instrument is based on the premise that the social climate of a prison can impact the rehabilitation efforts of inmates. Sections of this report include: therapeutic prisons; how social climate can be measured; aims; methodology; results according to factor structure, staff and prisoner perceptions, and convergent validity; discussion—changing the social climate; and conclusion. The “results suggest that the EssenCES measure is suitable for use in further investigations of prison culture” (p. 5).