Effects of Social Relations at Work and Support from Family and Friends on the Consequences of Inmate Violence on Correctional Staff Burnout

Isenhardt, Anna; Hostettler, Ueli; Ramseier, Erich (2019). Effects of Social Relations at Work and Support from Family and Friends on the Consequences of Inmate Violence on Correctional Staff Burnout. Criminal justice and behavior, 009385481984652. Sage 10.1177/0093854819846529

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This paper explores (a) the influence of positive relationships with direct supervisors and co-workers, and feelings of support from family and friends, on burnout and the sense of security and (b) their hypothetical buffering influence on the harmful effects of being a victim of inmate violence or observing violence between inmates in a sample of Swiss correctional staff (N = 2045). Moderated mediation path models indicated that all forms of social relationships increased the sense of security and decreased burnout. A positive relationship with direct supervisors had no significant moderating effect. A high degree of cohesion with colleagues ameliorated the adverse effects of observing violence between inmates on the sense of security and, mediated by the sense of security, on burnout. This buffering effect was only significant for male employees. Support from family and friends did not act as a buffer; on the contrary, it amplified the effects of violence.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

02 Faculty of Law > Department of Penal Law > Institute for Penal Law and Criminology > Chair Prof. Weber
02 Faculty of Law > Department of Penal Law > Institute for Penal Law and Criminology
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Social Anthropology

UniBE Contributor:

Isenhardt, Anna; Hostettler, Ueli and Ramseier, Erich

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 360 Social problems & social services
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 340 Law

ISSN:

0093-8548

Publisher:

Sage

Language:

English

Submitter:

Ulrich Hostettler-Macias

Date Deposited:

16 May 2019 13:56

Last Modified:

27 Jun 2019 08:47

Publisher DOI:

10.1177/0093854819846529

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.130528

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/130528

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