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Psychology and Law

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (online): 2222-5196


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Psychological and Social Aspects of Building Rapport of Penitentiary Psychologist and Convicted Juvenile 271


Ushkov F.I.
Senior Lecturer, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia

Mironova O.I.
Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences, National Research University ‘Higher School of Economics’ (HSE University), Moscow, Russia

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.

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

Column: Penitentiary Psychology and Penal Practice


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