Het artikel Simultaneous prediction of punitive and rehabilitation oriented attitudes towards probation: an ecological approach is verschenen in het internationale tijdschrift Probation Journal
The concepts punitiveness and rehabilitation orientation in the general public are generally measured by rather broad attitude items that are not directly related to probation. In this study, two separate attitude scales were used that were tailor-made for the probation context and therefore have a high ecological validity. These “ecological scales” were each analyzed with the same predictor set. Cognitive emotive variables showed incremental prediction above demographics. Higher knowledge of probation and more satisfaction with society are related to higher preference for rehabilitation. Less knowledge of probation and a higher feeling of victimization are related to a more punitive attitude.
“The science is very strong, and the key finding (that the less one knows about probation, the more likely they are to be punitive in their views) has immediate and important implications for academic research but also for probation practice”