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Title: A review of questionnaire measures for assessing the social climate in prisons and forensic psychiatric hospital settings
Authors: Tonkin, Matthew
First Published: 16-Jul-2016
Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US)
Citation: International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, September 2016 vol. 60 no. 12 1376-1405
Abstract: Significant time and resources are devoted to the monitoring of social climate in secure settings. However, if these efforts are to help (rather than hinder) attempts to improve the functioning of such units, the monitoring of social climate must be based on sound psychometric methods. The aim of this review was to determine what questionnaires exist to measure the social climate in secure settings and what evidence exists regarding their psychometric properties. Twelve questionnaire-based measures of social climate were identified. The Essen Climate Evaluation Schema has received the most consistent empirical support, but this questionnaire does not provide as much of an in-depth, detailed insight into social climate as that provided by other social climate questionnaires. Although more extensive measures of climate exist, they have not yet received sufficient validation to justify their routine use in practice. Nevertheless, there is growing evidence that some questionnaire-based measures can provide a reliable and valid assessment of the social climate in secure settings, which has important clinical and theoretical implications.
DOI Link: 10.1177/0306624X15578834
ISSN: 0306-624X
eISSN: 1552-6933
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Creative Commons “Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives” licence CC BY-NC-ND, further details of which can be found via the following link: Archived with reference to SHERPA/RoMEO and publisher website.
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