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Stigmatization of Sex Offenders

Stigmatization of Sex Offenders The present study examines how sex offenders perceive and respond to their social status. Using data from in-depth interviews with a sample of 24 incarcerated sex offenders approaching their release dates, analysis highlights offenders' recognition of and responses to social stigmatization. Findings highlight how interactions with members of the prison community and messages received from broader society communicate stigmatization and how recognition of stigmatization produces internalized consequences of shame, hopelessness/depression, and fear and externalized consequences of perceiving their labeled status as unfair and resenting those who apply stigmas. Discussion highlights both the experience of stigmatization and public safety implications. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Deviant Behavior Taylor & Francis

Stigmatization of Sex Offenders

Deviant Behavior , Volume 33 (8): 18 – Sep 1, 2012
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Taylor & Francis
Copyright
Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN
1521-0456
eISSN
0163-9625
DOI
10.1080/01639625.2011.636690
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Abstract

The present study examines how sex offenders perceive and respond to their social status. Using data from in-depth interviews with a sample of 24 incarcerated sex offenders approaching their release dates, analysis highlights offenders' recognition of and responses to social stigmatization. Findings highlight how interactions with members of the prison community and messages received from broader society communicate stigmatization and how recognition of stigmatization produces internalized consequences of shame, hopelessness/depression, and fear and externalized consequences of perceiving their labeled status as unfair and resenting those who apply stigmas. Discussion highlights both the experience of stigmatization and public safety implications.

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Deviant BehaviorTaylor & Francis

Published: Sep 1, 2012

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