Coping Strategies

Investigating How Male Prisoners Manage the Threat of Victimization in Federal Prisons

 

 

Rosemary Ricciardelli

The Prison Journal

December 2014

 

 

http://tpj.sagepub.com/content/94/4/411.abstract

 

Abstract

 

Researchers have established that prisons are violent spaces where prisoners use aggressive or passive strategies to manage the threat of victimization. Using in-depth semi-structured interviews, this study explores the coping strategies of 56 former Canadian federal prisoners. Most respondents used passive, aggressive, or passive/aggressive coping strategies. Differences emerged among respondents who used individual strategies (self-dependence) or alliance strategies (dependence on affiliates) to cope with prison living. Only alliance strategies appeared simultaneously passive and aggressive. Theoretical implications are discussed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee

www.hsjcc.on.ca/