Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Women Becoming Employed after Social Reintegration
by Eddins, Angélique Michelle, Ph.D., Grand Canyon University, 2020, 250; 27739990
Abstract (Summary)

It was not known what unique challenges previously incarcerated women recovering from nonviolent drug-related criminal offenses experienced on their paths back toward societal and workplace reentrance. Men and women experience the world differently in many ways, thereby creating different challenges and obstacles in similar situations. The purpose of this qualitative descriptive study was to understand the experiences of previously incarcerated women with nonviolent drug-related criminal offenses as they returned to their communities and tried to find employment within Southern California. Eleven previously incarcerated women discussed their successful or less than successful attempts at gaining employment and reintegrating into their communities. The framework was based on Becker’s (1974) labeling theory, as supported by Rohner’s (2015, 2016) interpersonal acceptance-rejection theory. All participants described discrimination and judgment they had felt because of their criminal background, not only from their communities but also from their families. Some participants believed they had positive interactions with specific family members; however, these women still felt marginalized, stigmatized, and misunderstood. These feelings were also present in their search for employment. The participants desired a more hands-on approach by the staff to find jobs, in addition to more training explicitly on job-specific skills and training certifications. These narratives indicated ways that reintegration programs might better tailor approaches and assistance to these women. Researchers interested in the need for emotional support an acceptance or reentrants can undertake an empirical study to determine whether there are (a) any gender differences and (b) differences between women who committed different crimes.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Kimball, Reginald S.
Commitee: Cabiria, Jon, Stimpson, Matt
School: Grand Canyon University
Department: College of Doctoral Studies
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 81/8(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Psychology, Womens studies, Social psychology
Keywords: Employment, Non-violent convictions, Re-socialization, Reentry, Social-reintegration, Women
Publication Number: 27739990
ISBN: 9781658401944
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