Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Individual and organizational impact of Kairos Horizon, a faith-based adult learning program, in a correctional setting
by Denny, Dan, Ed.D., Oklahoma State University, 2006, 174; 3498658
Abstract (Summary)

Scope and method of study. The purpose of this study was to examine one faith-based program (Kairos Horizon, 2003) and its effect on the perspectives of incarcerated fathers at the Davis Correctional Facility and the overall reduction of offender misconducts and enhancement of reintegration. Objectives were to: (1) determine the effectiveness of a faith-based fatherhood program in changing the perspectives of incarcerated fathers toward their children; (2) determine the differences between perspectives among incarcerated parents of Christian, Islamic, Jewish, and Native American faith groups; (3) determine the efficacy of the Kairos Horizon program by analyzing archival qualitative data collected by the institution; (4) determine if there was a difference in the number of misconducts before, during, and after the faith-based program between participants and those in the general population; (5) determine the reintegration success of Kairos Horizon program graduates who have been released from custody.

Findings and conclusions. The Kairos Horizon program was successful in improving the perspectives of incarcerated fathers toward their children. When three years' combined scores were analyzed, with one outlier score from each year removed, participants scored significantly higher upon completion of the Kairos Horizon program than they scored prior to the program. There were no significant differences between perspectives of incarcerated parents of different faiths. Archival qualitative data was overall positive among participant responses indicating thinking changes and life changes. There was a substantial reduction in the number of misconducts received by Kairos Horizon graduates. Before Kairos Horizon the mean percentage of misconducts among participants was 46%. Graduates of the program only had a 7% mean percentage of misconducts. Seven graduates have been released from custody with no rearrests, demonstrated family stability and successful employment.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Nolan, Robert E., Key, James P.
Commitee: Conti, Gary J., Harris, Ed, Hirschlein, Beulah
School: Oklahoma State University
Department: Education (all programs)
School Location: United States -- Oklahoma
Source: DAI-A 73/07(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Religion, Adult education, Social studies education, Criminology
Keywords: Adult learning, Correctional education, Faith-based program, Horizon, Incarcerated, Kairos, Kairos Horizon, Rational behavioral training
Publication Number: 3498658
ISBN: 9781267219763
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