Professional Self-esteem and Adaptation of the Penitentiary System Staff

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Abstract

The study focuses on examining the adaptive skills and specifics of professional self-esteem of the penitentiary system officials with varying levels of success in adapting to their duty performance. 50 individuals took part in the questioning: 25 men and 25 women aged 24-51 (the average age is 33), with 1 to 5 years of experience (the average length of service is 4 years). Five methods were used for diagnosis. For data processing we used Kruskal-Wallis one-way analysis of variance and correlation analysis. The results of the study indicate that the effectiveness of adaptation is helped by the official's psychological qualities such as the internal locus of control, mental stability, adaptive and communicative skills, moral normativity. The more successfully an official adjusts to the conditions and content of his/her official duties, the more positive his/her professional self-esteem is, the greater are his/her self-efficacy, professional and life satisfaction. Difficulties in the officials' adaptation to their professional environment entail a decline in their general state, emergence of somatovegetative disorders, reduced motivation for work, deterioration of their social interaction.

General Information

Keywords: adaptation, adjustment, adaptation skills, deadaptation, maladjustment, professional self-esteem, self-efficacy, official duties

Journal rubric: Penitentiary Psychology and Penal Practice

Article type: scientific article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/psylaw.2020100302

For citation: Koteneva A.V., Kokurin A.V., Litvinova A.V., Goncharenko A.V. Professional Self-esteem and Adaptation of the Penitentiary System Staff [Elektronnyi resurs]. Psikhologiya i pravo = Psychology and Law, 2020. Vol. 10, no. 3, pp. 20–35. DOI: 10.17759/psylaw.2020100302. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

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Information About the Authors

Anna V. Koteneva, Doctor of Psychology, Associate Professor, Professor, Chair of Scientific Basis of Extreme Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8087-567X, e-mail: akoteneva@yandex.ru

Alexey V. Kokurin, PhD in Psychology, Docent, Professor of the Chair of the Scientific Bases of Extreme Psychology, Faculty of Extreme Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Associate Professor of the Department of Criminology and Criminal Enforcement Law, Kutafin Moscow State Law University, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0454-1691, e-mail: kokurin1@bk.ru

Anna V. Litvinova, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Department of Scientific Basis of Extreme Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6783-3144, e-mail: annaviktorovna@mail.ru

Anna V. Goncharenko, Student, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6877-6401, e-mail: maskofgod@yandex.ru

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