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34 J. Offender Rehab. 1 (2001-2002)

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   Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, Vol. 34(1), 2001. Pp. 1-8.
   D 2001 by The Haworth Press, Inc. A// rights reserved.







   Development of a Fear-of-Change Scale
   for the   Psychological Inventory
   of Criminal Thinking Styles (PICTS)


   GLENN D. WALTERS
   Federal Correctional Institution, Schuylkill, PA


   ABSTRACT A Fear-of-Change (FOC) scale for   the Psychological Inven-
   tory of Criminal Thinking Styles (PICTS) was derived from a set of 24 can-
   didate items. Responses supplied by 100 male medium  security federal
   prisoners and 100 female minimum security federal prison camp inmates
   were used to construct and initially evaluate an 8-item FOC scale. The scale
   displayed a moderate degree of internal consistency and moderately high
   test-retest stability after 2 and 12 weeks, and correlated significantly with a
   previously administered measure of existential fear. It is concluded that
   while the FOC is an internally consistent and reasonably stable measure
   with some evidence of preliminary validity, more research is needed to de-
   termine whether it actually assesses fear of change. [Article copies available
   for afee from The Haworth Document Delivery Service: 1-800-HA WORTH E-mail
   address: <getinfo@haworthpressinc.com> Website: <http://www.HaworthPress.
   com> 0 2001 by The Haworth Press, Inc. All rights reserved.]

   KEYWORDS Fear, change, existential,  offenders, PICTS, psychological
   assessment

   There are many factors that interfere with a person's ability to change, one
of the more prominent factors being a fear of change. Change can threaten an

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