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46 J. Offender Rehab. 1 (2007-2008)

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Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, Vol. 46 (1/2), 2007. Pp. 1-24.
Available online at http://jor.haworthpress.com
@ 2007 by The Haworth Press. All rights reserved.
doi: 10.1080/10509670802071485







An   Examination of the Impact of Formerly

Incarcerated Persons Helping Others



THOMAS P. LeBEL


ABSTRACT This study builds upon theory and research concerning the
helper therapy  principle, mutual-help groups,  wounded   healers, and
retroflexive reformation to examine the possible benefits of helping others
in a sample of 228 formerly incarcerated persons in prisoner reintegration
programs. A  4-item helper/wounded  healer orientation scale was devel-
oped. OLS  regression analysis was used to determine if this orientation is
related to psychological well-being and/or acts as a sort of buffer against
criminality. The results indicate that the helper/wounded healer orienta-
tion has a positive relationship with higher self-esteem and greater satis-
faction with life, and a negative relationship with having  a criminal
attitude and the forecast of rearrest. The finding that helping helps the
helper suggests that this principle should be recognized for its potential in
facilitating the recovery and reintegration of formerly incarcerated persons.
doi: 10.1080/10509670802071485[Article copies available for a fee from The Haworth
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KEYWORDS Helper principle, mutual-help, peer support, role model,
mentor, prisoner reintegration, recidivism, rehabilitation, criminal attitude,
self-esteem

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