People who are incarcerated tend to use a number of strategies to cope with life behind bars. In some cases, the strategies used by women tend to differ from the ones used by men. One of the strategies that women use entails the establishment of pseudo-families or play families. They create these role-play families in order to provide emotional support to one another. The superficial nature of pseudo-families is evident in the way the inmates tend to be tied primarily to the immediate experience. Few female inmates tend to express a lot of interest in forging long-term friendships despite belonging to the same pseudo-families.
Focusing on the witch hunts in 16th and 17th century Elizabethan and Jacobean England, this paper considers explanations for why women comprised the overwhelming majority of those accused and/or convicted of witchcraft.
The aim of this paper is to discuss the dynamics of pseudo-families involving women in prison. The paper investigates the different ways in which pseudo-families enable women cope with prison life as well as how these families influence relationships among female inmates. For purposes of illustration, the case of a local community resource in California is used. This paper also explores the question of why men do not use the adjustment behaviors that involve the creation of pseudo-families.
This small unit of work covers questions 1 - 4 on the new English Language Paper 2 GCSE exam.
It uses two texts based on women in prison (from TES) and it simplifies the skills needed for pupils to succeed in this exam.
There are model responses provided within the PowerPoint and tables that can be printed for pupils to write on.
This paper defines the largess of the problem, the increasing number of women in the prison setting who have committed sexual crimes against children and the need to define a treatment model that takes into consideration the causativefactors and characteristics of female sex abusers.