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Więzienie jako instytucja opresyjna i sytuacja depresyjna
Prison as an oppressive institution and a depressive situation

Author(s): Małgorzata Leśniak, Maciej Szaszkiewicz
Subject(s): Social psychology and group interaction, Psychology of Self, Penology
Published by: Oficyna Wydawnicza KA AFM
Keywords: prison distress; psychological situation of a prison inmate; work atmosphere; professional burnout; perfect institution

Summary/Abstract: The starting point for the authors of this article is a statement that prison is an oppressive institution and the incarcerated suffer from negative emotions such as anger, fury or aggression. Those emotions result in a prison inmate feeling distress, which, among others, involves his lack of security from the side of other inmates as well as from prison officers. The omnipresent emotional state of aggressive or depressive character does not solely apply to the incarcerated. The correctional officers suffer from it, too, although with less severity. It results from the atmosphere and the conditions of their work. To illustrate this, the article presents the search results of a work atmosphere study carried out in selected correctional facilities in Kraków region. It ends with some deliberations on the possible forms of support for prison officers suffering from stress and professional burnout.

  • Issue Year: XI/2015
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 11-22
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Polish