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Kohutek, Kenneth J., Prisoners' Self-Help Packets for
Positive Behavioral Change. Doctor of Philosophy
(Counseling Psychology), December, 1980, 64 pp., 16 tables,
12 figures, references, 45 titles.
This study investigated the efficacy of bibiliotherapy
in a correctional setting. Bibliotherapy (the utilization
of books, pamphlets, or other literature) has been
recommended as an adjunct to psychotherapy when professional
time was at a premium or when the motivational level of the
clientele was marginal.
Subjects were 54 volunteers recruited from both the
general prison population (unsegregated) and the segregation
unit of a maximum security Federal penitentiary. Average age
of the sample was 34.5 years with an average sentence of 15
years. In each of the two locations, two treatment groups
were given self-help packets and the control group was given
readings of a general nature. The personal-growth group
was given a packet which required the participant to examine
his past recollections, interpersonal relationships, and
intrapersonal conflicts. The rational-growth group was given
a packet which included the material in the personal-growth
packet as well as a selected reading with a rational-emotive
emphasis. The general readings consisted of novels of a psy-
chological nature but not necessarily related to personal growth.
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Kohutek, Kenneth J. Prisoners' Self-Help Packets for Positive Behavioral Change, dissertation, December 1980; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc332326/m1/2/: accessed March 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .