Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished ManuscriptAbstract: Although the literature on prison-based drug treatment has attempted to offer correlates of successful rehabilitation, one gap is the failure to examine the effect that inmate characteristics can have on an individuals therapeutic engagement in a drug-based treatment program. Specifically, there is little explanation of the significance of an inmates personality traits and stage of change at the time of entering the TC program. This is a significant omission, as these characteristics can have an impact upon an individuals level of therapeutic engagement, both at the onset and throughout his tenure in a drug treatment program.
This paper qualitatively examines the individual correlates that enhance or impede therapeutic engagement (the involvement in and commitment to drug treatment) of inmates in a prison-based drug treatment program. 30 inmates at the State Correctional Institution at Chester (PA.) were interviewed to discuss the therapeutic community in which they have taken part. The research question that this paper focuses on is: How do an inmates individual characteristics influence his therapeutic engagement?