Social Relationships and Group Dynamics Inside a Community Correction Facility for Women
Links to Fileshttp://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0306624X15591805
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Type of Work20 pages
Citation of Original PublicationCantora, A., Mellow, J. and Schlager, M. (2015). Social relationships and group dynamics inside a community correction facility for women. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 1-20 (published online July, 2015).
This article presents research on women’s perceptions and experiences residing in a female community correction facility. Qualitative interview data and field observations are used to examine resident relationships, perceptions of on-site group treatment, and benefits of receiving off-site treatment. Findings from this study indicate an overwhelming feeling of tension and lack of trust among residents, resulting in most women withdrawing from social interactions. Relationship dynamics also played a role in women’s participation during on-site group treatment and desiring offsite treatment. This study supports the need to create, and sustain, therapeutic environments within community correction settings for women.