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'Personality deterioration and imprisonment'

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dc.contributor.author Taylor, Antony James William
dc.date.accessioned 2011-12-13T21:26:38Z
dc.date.accessioned 2022-10-31T21:21:23Z
dc.date.available 2011-12-13T21:26:38Z
dc.date.available 2022-10-31T21:21:23Z
dc.date.copyright 1957
dc.date.issued 1957
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.wgtn.ac.nz/handle/123456789/27083
dc.description.abstract Personality is the complex and dynamic organisation within the individual of those psychophysical systems that determine his unique adjustment to his environment. The adjustment is a continuous process that is affected by the ceaseless fluctuations of the inner and out forces in man. The inner forces may stem from the fields of genetics, neurology, constitution and physique, learning, conditioning, and emotional development. The outer forces may spring from any of the social, sociological, and cultural ingredients of the world in which man is enmeshed. Although the resultant behaviour at any given time is unique, a thread of continuity runs through the responses and gives personality the characteristics of predictability. If either the internal or external forces remain relatively constant we can predict the outcome with even greater certainty than we might if they were fluctuating. In this thesis we we shall consider a situation in which the environmental forces remain relatively constant, and we shall examine resulting behaviour for signs of persistence. The situation is that created by a prison, and the subjects are men serving sentences of nine months or more. Our hypothesis is that personality is modified by long term imprisonment, and that the modifications are reflected in a lowered cognitive efficiency and a generalised lowering of motivational tone. en_NZ
dc.format pdf en_NZ
dc.language en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.title 'Personality deterioration and imprisonment' en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Awarded Research Masters Thesis en_NZ
thesis.degree.discipline Psychology en_NZ
thesis.degree.grantor Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
thesis.degree.level Masters en_NZ

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