Correctional Institutions Environment Scale


Author: Rudolf Moos

The Correctional Institutions Environment Scale (CIES) measures the social climate of juvenile and adult correctional programs. As one of the Social Climate Scales, the CIES helps correctional staff to articulate their concerns and to develop a cognitive framework for understanding programs. It provides accurate information about perceptions of different programs, and it encourages staff to become involved in program planning and design. Scales measured include: involvement, support, expressiveness, autonomy, practical orientation, personal problem orientation, order and organization, clarity, and staff control.

Copyright © 1974, 1987 by Rudolf H. Moos

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Features of the CIES

Purpose: Measure the social climate of juvenile and adult correctional programs.

Length: 90 items

Average completion time: 25-30 minutes

Target population: Adults working in juvenile or adult correctional programs

Administration: For individual or group administration

Uses of the CIES

  • Social climate research
  • Workplace assessment






Practical Orientation

Personal Problem Orientation

Order & Organization


Staff Control

Sample Items

There are 90 statements in this book. They are statements about correctional units. Please decide which statements are true of your unit and which are not.

1. The residents are proud of this unit.TrueFalse
2. Staff have very little time to encourage residents.TrueFalse
3. Residents are encouraged to show their feelings.TrueFalse
4. The staff act on residents' suggestions.TrueFalse
5. There is very little emphasis on making plans for getting out of here.TrueFalse

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