Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Evaluating the Impact of Leadership Styles on Youth Specialist Turnover in Ohio Juvenile Detention Centers
by Smith, Joshua Joseph, Ed.D., Northern Kentucky University, 2018, 103; 10785596
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to investigate the influence of leadership behaviors on youth specialist turnover in juvenile detention facilities. Youth specialist turnover causes financial burdens, staff shortages, and places incarcerated youth at risk for abuse (Minor et al., 2010). This quantitative study used a non-probability convenience sample of the superintendents and assistant superintendents of 37 juvenile detention centers in Ohio. In this study, the leadership behaviors of these juvenile detention leaders were self identified as possessing transformational, transactional, and passive avoidant leadership attributes using the Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire Leader form 5X short. Two additional questions were included in the survey that measured youth specialist turnover rates for their respective detention centers. No statistically significant relationship existed between self identified leadership behaviors and youth specialist turnover. However, the safety of children confined in a detention center is dependent on the retention of quality youth specialists (Carter, 2014).

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Allen, James
Commitee: Patrick, Steven, Wirtz, Paul
School: Northern Kentucky University
Department: Education Leadership
School Location: United States -- Kentucky
Source: DAI-A 79/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership
Keywords: Juvenile corrections, Juvenile detention, Multifactor leadership questionnaire, Staff turnover, Transformational leadership, Youth specialist
Publication Number: 10785596
ISBN: 978-0-438-13288-7
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