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Home > Arhiva > 2012 > Numar: 3 > Detention and it’s Psychological Effects On Prisoners’ Personality

 Detention and it’s Psychological Effects On Prisoners’ Personality

  • Maria Nicoleta Turliuc (Center for Women's Professional Formation and Development, University Alexandru Ioan Cuza Iasi, Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences, Toma Cozma 3, Iasi-700554, Romania, mobile: +40723072870, E-mail:
  • Cristina Gavriluta (University "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" Iasi, Faculty of Philosophy and Social-Political Sciences, Bd. Carol nr. 11, Iasi-700554, Romania, mobile: +40741.36.37.64, E-mail:
  • Carmen Parten (Maximum security penitentiary Vaslui)

Presenting the penalty periods of imprisonment in Romania and the adaptive stages related to prison, the present study aimed to analyse the effect of the imprisonment on the personality of the recidivists and non-recidivists. In order to measure the effect of independente variables (period of punishment execution and status of prisoner) on dependent variables (personality characteristics) a number of 80 prisoners filled out three personality questionaires in two different moments: after 2 weeks of imprisonement (in the quarantine period) and after 6 months (in actual punishment execution period). The results suggest that the non-recidivists are significantly higher than the recidivists in their pathological tendencies, especially after 6 months of imprisonment. Also, non-recidivists face more difficulties during the accommodation period than in the next stages of adaptation and participation. In the case of recidivists only the level of psycho-asthenic obsessions increases in time.

Keywords: prison, personality, victimization, adapting, accommodation, integration