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Revista Latinoamericana de Psicología

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RUIZ, José Ignacio. Psychological symptoms, emotional climate, culture, and psychosocial factors in prisions. Rev. Latinoam. Psicol. [online]. 2007, vol.39, n.3, pp. 547-561. ISSN 0120-0534.

The aim of this paper was to know the levels of emotional disturbance -anxiety, depression and post-traumatic disorder symptoms-, emotional climate and culture in several inmate samples. Also, relationships between these indicators with social support, external locus, coping, climate, and traumatic/daily events were studied. The sample was composed by 416 inmates (21.6% women), from five prisons of Bogotá, Colombia. Results showed high internal fiability of scales and concurrent validity between variables. Higher emotional disturbance was associated with more negative emotional climate evaluation, more external locus, lower age and imprisonment stage, more traumatic events, and higher negation coping.

Keywords : Prison; Coping; Social support; Emotional climate; Stressors; Emotional disturbance.

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