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Personality Characteristics of Teachers Serving in Washington State Correctional Institutions

John O. Larsgaard, Charles E. Kelso Jr. and Thomas W. Schumacher
Journal of Correctional Education (1974-)
Vol. 49, No. 1 (MARCH 1998), pp. 20-28
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23295050
Page Count: 9
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Abstract

In 1993, the authors administered a standardized personality profile instrument and a depression assessment tool to 90 of the 119 correctional educators (76%) working in the seven Washington State penal institutions operating at that time. Personality inventory scoring yields 27 factors and composite factors describing the personality characteristics of the subjects. The authors determined that 15 of these factors are particularly valuable in describing the personality characteristics of these correctional educators who participate in generally successful programs. Additionally, the authors found that 13 of the 27 factors were heavily loaded in the middle range. The depression assessment found only 3.3% of the participants meeting the minimum threshold for clinical depression. The authors conclude that there are several discrete characteristics which are helpful in understanding the behavior and personality of successful correctional educators.

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