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Abstract

This second of a three paper series that provides the progression of the development of the mid-range theory named the Rediscovery of Self-care (RSC) Among Persons with an Incarceration Experience. In the first paper of this series, a biopsychosocial vulnerability stress (VSM) model tailored to the criminal justice population was introduced. In this paper, the discussion seeks to integrate VSM with an understanding of the environmental factors and social determinants impacting correctional health outcomes. The coping response of individuals to the stressors of incarceration and a discussion of assessments and measurement of variables significant to the conceptualization of the developing Rediscovery of Self-care Model (RSC) emerges. This paper organizes key constructs in a matrix to facilitate an examination of the variables contributing to the vulnerability-stress model and examines how one might select variables to be applied to this population. As each section of the matrix is examined, research measures and clinical assessment instruments are discussed. Practical recommendations for clinical assessment and clinical case management are reserved for the third paper in the series along with the final RSC model. App

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