Ideas about Remorse among Women Serving Sentences in a Correctional Institution

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Abstract

In order to identify the specifics of women’s perceptions of remorse in correctional institutions, a psychosemantic study was conducted using the method of repertoire evaluation grid. The main group consisted of 20 women serving their sentence in the penal colony of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia and the control group consisted of 22 women without criminal records. The elements and constructs of the evaluation grid constituted the associations (nouns and adjectives) of the surveyed persons with the concept of "remorse". According to the results of the factor analysis, two main components each were identified in both groups, which were interpreted as “Emotional attitude” and “Sincerity of experience”. The comparative analysis of semantic spaces of the main and control groups, constructed by the results of factor and cluster analyses, shows that convicted women have a significantly reduced concept of remorse: it reflects only the cognitive aspect - awareness of guilt, and does not contain the emotional and meaningful attitude to the offense in the form of regret and experience formed as a result of awareness.

General Information

Keywords: active repentance, awareness of guilt, convicted women, evaluation grid

Journal rubric: Penitentiary Psychology and Penal Practice

Article type: scientific article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/psylaw.2023130401

Received: 18.04.2023

Accepted:

For citation: Tsukanova V.S., Safuanov F.S. Ideas about Remorse among Women Serving Sentences in a Correctional Institution [Elektronnyi resurs]. Psikhologiya i pravo = Psychology and Law, 2023. Vol. 13, no. 4, pp. 1–11. DOI: 10.17759/psylaw.2023130401. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

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Information About the Authors

Valentina S. Tsukanova, Chief Specialist, Psychological Work Division of the Moral and Psychological Support Department, Directorate for Work with Personnel of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for Moscow Oblast, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0009-0002-5664-8976, e-mail: valientina250398@gmail.com

Farit S. Safuanov, Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Head of Chair of Clinical and Forensic Psychology, Department of Legal Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Head of the Laboratory of Psychology, Federal Medical Research Center of Psychiatry and Addiction of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1703-7956, e-mail: safuanovf@rambler.ru

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