Specificity of overcoming behavior within relationship to tolerance to uncertainty of convicted men

Keywords: overcoming behavior, coping, tolerance to uncertainty, intolerance, sentenced men


It has been noted that a person during the execution of a sentence encounters other ways of life, culture, customs and attitudes towards him. Important psychological mechanisms that allow a convicted person to survive in difficult social conditions, to adapt to imprisonment, are strategies of overcoming behavior and tolerance to uncertainty. Tolerance to uncertainty allows the convicts to overcome easily the tension that arises in connection with expectations of constant novelty and changes.

The author of the article has presented the results of the study of tolerance to uncertainty and overcoming behavior of convicted men, who serve punishment for the first time and those who not.

Ways of Coping Questionnaire (R. Lazarus and S. Folkman in the adaptation of L. I. Wasserman) and New Questionnaire on Tolerance to Uncertainty by T. Kornilova were used for the pilot study. The t-criterion Student for independent groups and the Spearman correlation analysis were used for mathematical and statistical processing.

It has been revealed that convicts who serve sentences not for the first time more often use strategies of distancing, self-control and responsibility. Instead, the convicts who serve first sentences manifest the relationship between the level of intolerance and the distancing strategy. The growth of intolerance of convicts who serve the punishment not for the first term, leads to the propensity to overcome the problem through intellectual methods of rationalization, switching attention, removal, humor, depreciation.


Download data is not yet available.

Author Biographies

A. A. Shylina, Kharkiv National University of Internal Affairs

Department of sociology and psychology;
Candidate of Psychological Sciences (Ph.D.), Docent.

O. M. Skliarov, Kharkiv National University of Internal Affairs

Postgraduate student.


Petrovskii A.V. and Yaroshevskii M.G. (eds), 1990. Psychology [Psihologiya]. Dictionary [Slovar`]. 2nd ed. Moscow: Politizdat. P. 401.

Nicholson P.P., 2001. Toleration as a Moral Ideal [Tolerantnost` kak moral`nyi ideal]. Bulletin of Ural Interregional Institute of Social Sciences [Vestnik Ural`skogo mezhregional`nogo instituta obshchestvennykh nauk], Iss. 1, pp. 129-147. (Transl. from: Nicholson P.P., 1985. Toleration as a Moral Ideal. In: Horton J. and Mendus S. (eds). Aspects of Toleration. Philosophical Studies. London; N.Y.: Methuen. Pp. 158-173). Available at http://elar.urfu.ru/bitstream/10995/28803/1/vestnik_mion_2001_1_07.pdf [Accessed 10 December 2018].

Khomyakov M.B., 2003. Tolerance: paradoxical value [Tolerantnost`: paradoksal`naya tsennost`]. Zhurnal sotsiologii i sotsial'noi antropologii – The Journal of Sociology and Social Anthropology, [online] Vol. VI, No. 4, pp. 98-112. Available at http://www.jourssa.ru/sites/all/files/volumes/2003_4/Khomyakov_2003_4.pdf [Accessed 12 December 2018].

Felde V.G., 2012. Correlation of notions of „tolerance” and „patience” [Sootnoshenie ponyatii „tolerantnost`” i „terpimost`”]. Omskiy Nauchnyy Vestnik. Seriya Obshchestvo. Istoriya. Sovremennost’ – Omsk Scientific Bulletin. Series Society. History. Modernity, No. 4, pp. 155-158.

Kryukova T.L., 2007. Methods of studying the coping behavior: three coping scales [Metody izucheniya sovladayushchego povedeniya: tri koping-shkaly]. Kostroma: Avantitul.

Pichurin V.V., 2015. Coping strategies and psychological readiness of students for professional work [Kopinh-stratehii studentiv i psykholohichna hotovnist do profesiinoi pratsi]. Pedagogics, psychology, medical-biological problems of physical training and sports, Vol. 2, pp. 53-59. https://doi.org/10.15561/18189172.2015.0209.

Lazarus R., 1984. Stress, evaluation and coping [Stress, otsenka i koping]. Moscow: Meditsina.

Moskovchenko V.V., 2017. Psychological features of the resilience of juveniles convicted male [Psykholohichni osoblyvosti zhyttiezdatnosti nepovnolitnikh zasudzhenykh cholovichoi stati]. Abstract of Ph.D. dissertation. Kharkiv National University of Internal Affairs. Available at http://dspace.univd.edu.ua/xmlui/handle/123456789/2609 [Accessed 15 December 2018].

Dmytriienko K.V., 2010. Specific features of emotional regulation of convicts’ behavior who violate detention regime in prisons [Osoblyvosti emotsiinoi rehuliatsii povedinky zasudzhenykh, shcho porushuiut rezhym utrymannia v mistsiakh pozbavlennia voli]. Vìsnik Harkìvs`kogo nacìonal`nogo unìversitetu ìmenì V. N. Karazìna – Visnyk of V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University. A Series of “Psychology”, No. 902, Iss. 43, pp. 49-53.

Filonenko V.M., 2016. Features of personal self-regulation of repeated criminals [Osoblyvosti osobystisnoi samorehuliatsii zlochyntsiv-retsydyvistiv]. Pravo bezpeka – Law and Safety, No. 2, pp. 140-145.

Rehishevska V.V. and Aleksandrov Yu.V., 2016. Coping strategies of criminals: gender aspect [Kopinh-stratehii zlochyntsiv: hendernyi aspekt]. In: O.M.Beketov National University of Urban Economy in Kharkiv, Gender policy as viewed by Ukrainian youth [Henderna polityka ochyma ukrainskoi molodi]. Kharkiv, November 30. Available at http://eprints.kname.edu.ua/44397/1/Збірник_28-315-319.pdf [Accessed 19 December 2018].

How to Cite
Shylina, A. A. and Skliarov, O. M. (2018) “Specificity of overcoming behavior within relationship to tolerance to uncertainty of convicted men”, Law and Safety, 71(4), pp. 157-162. doi: 10.32631/pb.2018.4.23.