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Ed Zamble

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Professor Emeritus

B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1963
Ph.D., Yale University, 1967


Psychology Department
Queen's University
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6

Research Interests

A substantial project on the dynamic antecedents of criminal recidivism has been recently completed. This is in part an extension of our previous work on how criminal offenders cope, i. e, how they interact with their environment, but more generally it is an attempt to elucidate what happens in (re) offending. The results will be reported in a monograph entitled The criminal recidivism process (publisher not yet determined). At present, we are moving on to the problem of predicting recidivism; by using psychologically relevant dynamic measures, we expect to be able to improve on the accuracy of previous methods.

Selected Publications

Loucks, A., & Zamble, E. (1994). Some comparisons of male and female serious offenders. Forum on Corrections Research, 6, 22-25.

Hughes, G., & Zamble, E. (1993). A profile of Canadian correctional workers: How they experience and respond to job stress. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 37, 99-113.

Zamble, E. (1992). Behavior and adaptation in long-term prison inmates: Descriptive longitudinal results. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 19, 409-425. (A longer version was distributed as Queen's Forensic Reports, V. 1, No. 3. Also reprinted in T.J. Flanagan (Ed.) Long-Term Imprisonment, 1995, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.) November 30, 2007

Cumberland, J., & Zamble, E. (1992). General and specific measures of public attitudes: release decisions. Canadian Journal of Behavioral Science, 24, 1-14.

Zamble, E., & Porporino, F. (1990). Coping, imprisonment, and rehabilitation: Some data and their implications. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 17, 53-70.

Zamble, E., & Porporino, F.J. (1988). Coping, Behavior, and Adaptation in prison inmates. New York (ISBN 3-540-96613-7) and Berlin (ISBN 0-387-96613-7): Springer-Verlag.