Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


School Psychology

First Advisor

Dr. Jo Ann Mitchell Burns

Second Advisor

Dr. Ralph Carlson

Third Advisor

Dr. Charles Negy


This study employed a Pretest-Posttest Comparison Group Design in order to determine the comparative effectiveness of two prison rehabilitation classes. The experimental group was comprised of 14 adult, male, incarcerated offenders enrolled in a Prerelease class designed to impact their attitudes, thinking, and values. The comparison group consisted of 22 adult, male, incarcerated offenders enrolled in a GED preparation class. Both groups received a battery of pretests and posttests consisting of the Coopersmith Self-Esteem Inventory, the Adjective Checklist (ACL), and the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI-2). There was an interval of 23 school days between the pretests and posttests. Between groups and within groups repeated measures analysis of variance revealed significant difference among cells on only two of the 16 dependent variables measured. The results of this study suggest that the Prerelease class is no more successful than the GED preparation class in changing inmate students' attitudes, thinking, and values.


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Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American