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Bibliotherapy for Cynics Revisited: Commentary on One Year Longitudinal Study of the Psychological Effects of Administrative Segregation

by Paul Gendreau and Yvette Theriault


ABSTRACT:  A research study in Colorado recently found that administrative segregation has little effect on the psychological well-being of prisoners. We review the Colorado report, finding support for it in other research studies on the effects of prison life, solitary confinement, and sensory deprivation.  However, we argue that the Colorado results must be replicated and ultimately only meta-analyses will confirm the utility of their findings to effect sound policies. Finally, some research and clinical practices are recommended to ensure that inmates in segregation are treated humanely and suffer as few iatrogenic consequences as possible.

Posted Tue, Jun 21 2011 9:59 AM by Tracey Vessels


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