Multidisciplinary rehabilitation in prison : a values, interests and power analysis

Kershaw, Kerri Maxine (2005) Multidisciplinary rehabilitation in prison : a values, interests and power analysis. PhD thesis, Victoria University.


Over the last twenty years the Victorian justice system has recognized that incarceration of offenders alone does little to rehabilitate prisoners. As a result, it has implemented additional therapeutic programs within prisons. This has resulted in an influx of therapists into prisons and created two distinct work groups with no historical working culture. As research suggests that rehabilitation works best when officers and therapists are united, the present investigation involved interviews with twenty three therapists and twenty one prison officers. All participants have had experience with dedicated rehabilitation programs in Victorian prisons. A qualitative research approach was used, with a particular focus on the role that values, interests and power played in participants' encounters with conflict.

Item type Thesis (PhD thesis)
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1607 Social Work
Historical > FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Keywords Criminals, Rehabilitation, Victoria, Prisons, prisoners, Australia
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