Validation of a Chinese Version of the Attitudes Toward Prisoners Scale

Wing Hong Chui, Kevin Kwok yin Cheng

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Using a Hong Kong–sourced sample of participants, this study set out to validate the Chinese version of the Attitudes Toward Prisoners (ATP-C) Scale and evaluate its psychometric properties. To provide further evidence for the ATP-C Scale’s validity, it was then administered to three groups varying in their volunteering experience in Hong Kong. Exploratory factor analysis revealed a four-factor structure that differs from the unidimensional model proposed by the scale developers. Cronbach’s alpha values were satisfactory for all four subscales, and construct validity of the ATP-C Scale was also assessed with a second sample of participants. Implications for the assessment of attitudes toward prisoners away from a one-dimensional spectrum and further directions for cross-cultural studies on related topics are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)614-635
Number of pages22
JournalPrison Journal
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Attitudes Toward Prisoners Scale
  • Chinese culture
  • validation
  • volunteering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Law


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