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Citation

Wright JC, Hoffmann H, Coen O. J. Humanist. Psychol. 2018; 58(6): 640-658.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2018, SAGE Publishing)

DOI

10.1177/0022167815614955

PMID

unavailable

Abstract

The issue of successfully reintegrating ex-prisoners into society is a critical one. To assess the process of successful reintegration, we interviewed five male ex-convicts about their past versus present lives. Their responses were coded for self-oriented (agency) and community-oriented values. We found a shift away from "unmitigated" agency, toward community values from past to present, and also an integration of agency with community similar to that found in moral exemplars. This increase in integration was not found in a demographically matched control group. The transitions exemplified in these ex-convicts' narratives help define potential paths for successful reintegration into society.


Language: en

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