Psychological Characteristics of Convicted Pregnant Women



The work is focused on revealing psychological characteristics of pregnant women con-demned to prison sentence. Among other things, we studied their attitudes towards their pregnancy, the coming child, mother’s role and motherhood in general. The materials pre-sented are from an empirical study we carried out in 2020 on a sample of 72 pregnant women serving their prison sentences in penal colonies and open prisons of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia. Social and demographic as well as criminological parame-ters were studied along with their relationship with characteristics found through psycho-logical methodologies. A questionnaire was used which reflected the respondents’ socio-demographic characteristics. The data related to their criminal-law and correctional charac-teristics were filled in by the personnel in the questionnaire Characteristics of Convicted Pregnant Women. The psychological aspect was studied using the following: 1) Maternal-Foetal Attachment Scale by J. T. Condon; 2) Test of a Pregnant Woman’s Attitudes by I.V. Dobryakov; 3) Methodology for Diagnostics of Psychic States by H.J. Eysenck; 4) My Pregnancy questionnaire; 5) “My Child and I” drawing test by G.G. Filippova. As the re-sults of the study suggest, a pregnant woman can be put into one of three groups needing a specific approach for their prenatal preparation.

General Information

Keywords: pregnancy, convicted women, penal correction system, psychological work with convicts, social and demographic parameters, criminological parameters, psychological characteris-tics, mother’s role, experiencing one’s pregnancy, gestational dominant

Journal rubric: Penitentiary Psychology and Penal Practice

Article type: scientific article


Received: 07.12.2021


For citation: Moskvitina M.M., Bovin B.G. Psychological Characteristics of Convicted Pregnant Women [Elektronnyi resurs]. Psikhologiya i pravo = Psychology and Law, 2022. Vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 15–29. DOI: 10.17759/psylaw.2022120102. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Mariya M. Moskvitina, Researcher, Research Institute of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Boris G. Bovin, PhD in Psychology, Docent, Leading Researcher, Federal State Institution Research Institute of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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