Federal correctional officers’ and licensed psychologists’ five personality traits were evaluated to see if there were any differences in their traits and how they perceived the following: mental illness in general, mentally ill inmates, and each other. There were 97 federal correctional officers and 45 licensed psychologists who participated in this study. Federal correctional officers and licensed psychologists were found to differ in their perceptions toward mental illness in general, mentally ill inmates, and each other. Federal correctional officers were found to perceive mental illness in general and mentally ill inmates more negatively than licensed psychologists. Federal correctional officers and licensed psychologists perceived each other in a negative light. Licensed psychologists were found to have significantly higher extraversion scores in comparison to federal correctional officers. Specific personality traits were found to be influential factors in the way federal correctional officers and licensed psychologists perceive mental illness and each other. In addition, the way federal correctional officers’ perceived mentally ill inmates were influenced by their traits while licensed psychologists’ traits did not.
|Commitee:||DeFeo, Jennifer, Gomberg, Linda|
|School:||The Chicago School of Professional Psychology|
|Department:||Clinical Forensic Psychology|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||DAI-B 79/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Law enforcement, Clinical psychology, Personality psychology, Criminology|
|Keywords:||Correctional officers, Mental illness, Mentally ill inmates, Perception, Personality traits, Psychologists|
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