Diagnosis of social dysfunctions or individual potentials in the work of a probation officer


In this article, the author presents the basic assumptions of a positive diagnosis, which can be used in the work of a probation officer. She treats resocialization as a process of internal transformation, based on the discovery and activated potentials and resources of a socially maladjusted individual. The process of inner transformation is recognized as a result of changes in motivation: from amotivation to intrinsic motivation. As the theoretical basis for creating a model of diagnosis in social rehabilitation, she indicates two concepts: the self-determination theory (SDT) by Edward L. Deci and Richard M. Ryan and the concept of lack
of motivation, mainly the reasons for amotivation by Lisa Legault, Isabelle Green-Demers, Luc G. Pelletier, Stéphanie Dijon, Kim Tuson, Symeon P. Vlachopoulos and Maria A. Gigoudi. In this context, the author analyzes the motivational process from the perspective of effective social rehabilitation. In the following paragraphs of the present study, its author defines a diagnostic process, as well as recommends and provides a substantive justification for a theoretical model of rehabilitation diagnosis. As a result, this paper attempts to formulate recommendations for diagnosis in social rehabilitation, and to construct a theoretical model of rehabilitation diagnosis in the area of the probation officer’s work.


Social rehabilitation; diagnosis; a diagnostic model; probation officer; motivation; concepts of motivation

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Published : 2019-03-07

Wysocka, E. (2019). Diagnosis of social dysfunctions or individual potentials in the work of a probation officer. Polish Journal of Social Rehabilitation, (17), 49–67. https://doi.org/10.22432/pjsr.2019.17.05

Ewa Wysocka  ewa.wysocka@hot.pl
Politechnika Śląska  Poland

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