A mixed-methods approach was used to study the dual nature of legitimacy in the Slovenian prison environment, and to test the applicability of the model of the dual nature of legitimacy in the prison environment of a post-socialist country. The qualitative part of the study was implemented over a period of six months when structured interviews were conducted with prisoners and prison workers in all Slovenian prisons and the correctional home. The analysis of interviews was conducted in four stages (Mesec 1998): (1) editing the materials; (2) determining the coding units; (3) open coding; and (4) selection of relevant concepts and categories. The quantitative part of the study was implemented over a three-month period when surveying was conducted with every prison worker (except for managerial staff) and prisoners who agreed to participate in the study in all Slovenian prison and the correctional home. Data from the completed questionnaires were entered into the SPSS program, with which statistical analyses were performed.
KeywordsMixed methods Qualitative research Interviews Quantitative research Survey Statistical analysis
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