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From prison to integration: applying modified labeling theory to sex offenders

From prison to integration: applying modified labeling theory to sex offenders This research examines social–psychological consequences associated with being stigmatized as a sex offender. Surveys administered to 150 sex offenders were analyzed using modified labeling theory to examine the effect of a sex offender’s perception of devaluation and/or discrimination on his ability to successfully rejoin society following conviction of a sex offense. Findings indicate that the more an offender fears being devalued and/or discriminated against, the more likely he is to avoid activities that could facilitate social reintegration, suggesting that the stigmatizing label placed on sex offenders may lead to unintended consequences. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Criminal Justice Studies Taylor & Francis

From prison to integration: applying modified labeling theory to sex offenders

Criminal Justice Studies , Volume 25 (1): 13 – Mar 1, 2012

From prison to integration: applying modified labeling theory to sex offenders

Criminal Justice Studies , Volume 25 (1): 13 – Mar 1, 2012

Abstract

This research examines social–psychological consequences associated with being stigmatized as a sex offender. Surveys administered to 150 sex offenders were analyzed using modified labeling theory to examine the effect of a sex offender’s perception of devaluation and/or discrimination on his ability to successfully rejoin society following conviction of a sex offense. Findings indicate that the more an offender fears being devalued and/or discriminated against, the more likely he is to avoid activities that could facilitate social reintegration, suggesting that the stigmatizing label placed on sex offenders may lead to unintended consequences.

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Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Copyright
Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN
1478-6028
eISSN
1478-601X
DOI
10.1080/1478601X.2012.657906
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Abstract

This research examines social–psychological consequences associated with being stigmatized as a sex offender. Surveys administered to 150 sex offenders were analyzed using modified labeling theory to examine the effect of a sex offender’s perception of devaluation and/or discrimination on his ability to successfully rejoin society following conviction of a sex offense. Findings indicate that the more an offender fears being devalued and/or discriminated against, the more likely he is to avoid activities that could facilitate social reintegration, suggesting that the stigmatizing label placed on sex offenders may lead to unintended consequences.

Journal

Criminal Justice StudiesTaylor & Francis

Published: Mar 1, 2012

Keywords: sex offender; labeling; stigma; unintended consequences

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