Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Dynamics of Shame and Power in the Justice System: A Literature Review, Theoretical Model and Curriculum to Guide Relationships between Justice Staff and Offenders in Reentry Programs
by Aguilera, Amanda Mahan, Psy.D., Ashford University, 2019, 91; 27539478
Abstract (Summary)

There are many characteristics and dynamics at play that influence recidivism and other offender outcomes in reentry programs. Often the focus in correctional and reentry programs tends to be on offender characteristics and evidence-based assessment and programming. However, there are other factors that are often overlooked when considering the makeup of successful reentry. The purpose of this project was to identify the offender, staff and program characteristics that are more and less successful in terms of recidivism and to develop a new theoretical model and curriculum that incorporates those often-overlooked factors such as self-evaluative emotions, locus of control, program-implementation issues, staff characteristics, and relational and power dynamics between staff and offender. The theoretical model attempts to look at not just the factors themselves but the dynamics of those factors and their impact on offender success. Both the model and the curriculum are built upon the framework of restorative practices and utilize the literature review in this project to further develop a restorative approach to reentry.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Frederick, Heather
Commitee: Burrus, Scott
School: Ashford University
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- Colorado
Source: DAI-A 81/4(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Criminology, Organizational behavior, Social psychology
Keywords: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Power Dynamics, Psychology, Restorative Justice, Shame
Publication Number: 27539478
ISBN: 9781687966032
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