Author

Ester B. Edet

Date of Award

Winter 12-2007

Degree Type

Dissertation

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

School

School of Social Work

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Department

Social Work and Public Health

First Advisor

Robert W. Waymer, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Richard Lyle, PhD.

Third Advisor

Javel Jackson, PhD

Abstract

This study investigated the relationship of unemployment, family support, and mental disorder to the recidivism of incarcerated females in a Georgia State Prison. The research hypothesis of the study was: unemployment, family support and mental disorder are significantly related to the recidivism of incarcerated females in a Georgia State prison. Two hundred and seventy-two female prisoners, consisting of randomly selected first-time and repeat offenders, participated in the study. The questionnaire used in the survey had three sections with a total of forty-six questions. Professional counselors, under the supervision of the researcher, administered the questionnaire to the participants. The statistical procedures used to describe and analyze the data included descriptive measures, correlation analysis and the chi-squared distribution. The findings of the study indicated that the three variables: unemployment, family support and mental disorder are significantly and highly correlated with recidivism.

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