Psychological and Social Aspects of Building Rapport of Penitentiary Psychologist and Convicted Juvenile



The urgency of a study of rapport problem between a penitentiary psychologist and a juvenile convict is due to the fact that interpersonal contact has a significant impact on the success of the professional activity of a penitentiary psychologist, and helps to build trusting relationships with an adolescent. The study involved 50 psychologists in educational colonies of Russia. A specially designed questionnaire “Problem-psychological content of interpersonal contacts of a psychologist with a minor convict” was used. The study confirmed that the ability to build rapport with a minor convict depends primarily on the developed communicative and moral qualities of a psychologist. The specialists use a wide range of methods and techniques for building rapport, however, they have fragmented notion on the stages of establishing interpersonal contact, their specificity and sequence.

General Information

Keywords: juvenile convict, teenagers psychological features, subject-subject interaction, interpersonal contact, penitentiary psychologist professional activity.

Journal rubric: Penitentiary Psychology and Penal Practice

Article type: scientific article


For citation: Ushkov F.I., Mironova O.I. Psychological and Social Aspects of Building Rapport of Penitentiary Psychologist and Convicted Juvenile [Elektronnyi resurs]. Psikhologiya i pravo = Psychology and Law, 2019. Vol. 9, no. 3, pp. 278–295. DOI: 10.17759/psylaw.2019090320. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Fedor I. Ushkov, Senior Lecturer, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Oksana I. Mironova, Doctor of Psychology, Docent, Professor, Department of Psychology Faculty of Social Sciences, HSE University, Professor, Department of Psychology and Human Capital Development Faculty of Social Sciences and mass communications Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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