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Quantitative Investigation of Women Probationers Paths to Incarceration

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This course is based upon material published in the journal Criminal Justice and Behavior by Sage Publications on behalf of the International Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology (IACFP).  This course, including the continuing education credits are offered free of charge as a benefit to all IACFP members via the web link http://cjb.sagepub.com/content/36/6/541.full.pdf+html

Although qualitative research in the area of gender-responsive offending pathways has grown extensively, little quantitative work has been conducted. This study utilizes interview and survey data to assess various gender-responsive needs with an intake cohort of 313 women probationers. Using a path analytic approach, the study statistically supported three gendered pathways to women offenders’ incarceration: (a) a pathway beginning with childhood victimization that contributed to historical and current forms of mental illness and substance abuse; (b) a relational pathway in which women’s dysfunctional intimate relationships facilitated adult victimization, reductions in self-efficacy, and current mental illness and substance abuse; and (c) a social and human capital pathway in which women’s challenges in the areas of education, family support, and self-efficacy, as well as relationship dysfunction, contributed to employment/financial difficulties and subsequent imprisonment.Support for such gendered pathways has implications for both criminological explanations of female offending and correctional interventions for women.

Forensic and clinical psychologists can benefit from this course.  In addition, this course is appropriate for social workers and professional counselors, especially those interested in forensic psychology or those who work within the criminal justice system. This course is appropriate for intermediate and advanced level practitioners who wish to enhance their knowledge of gendered pathways.

Authors: Salisbury, Voorhis

Learning Objectives: This course will provide the practitioner with detailed information regarding gendered criminal pathways. Specifically, a professional will:

  • Identify the implications for criminological explanations of female offending and correctional interventions for women supported by the gendered pathways discussed in the study.

  • Distinguish the social and human capital perspective and pathway perspective.

  • Describe the three gendered pathways and how they support women offenders’ incarceration.

Citation:   Salisbury, E. J., Voorhis, P. V., (2009). A Quantitative Investigation of Women Probationers’ Paths to Incarceration. Criminal Justice and Behavior Vol 38 No 4

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