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NCJ Number: 228480 Find in a Library
Title: Gender Differences in the Transformation Narrative: Implications for Revised Reentry Strategies for Female Offenders
Journal: Journal of Offender Rehabilitation  Volume:48  Issue:6  Dated:August-September 2009  Pages:463-482
Author(s): Bryn A. Herrschaft; Bonita M. Veysey; Heather R. Tubman-Carbone; Johnna Christian
Date Published: August 2009
Page Count: 20
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study investigated gender differences in how women and men describe personal transformation processes.
Abstract: Results indicate that men and women narrated their positive transformation processes differently. Both utilized unique language and contextual techniques in explanations of positive changes in their lives and attribute positive changes to different kinds of factors. Women most often attributed positive change to relationship-related factors (RRF) in their lives while men most often attributed their positive change to a status-related factor (SRF) goal, such as employment or a specific event. The analysis of the narratives also evidenced gender differences in the way in which women and men experience these transformations, and the way in which they construct a positive identity throughout the process. Additionally, this research suggests a model to understand how women and men experience a positive role transformation from a stigmatized identity and discusses implications for reentry initiatives. Data were collected from 37 respondents with various stigmatized identities, including incarceration; the study adapted the basic methodology on a study conducted by Noreen Graf, University of Texas-Pan American. Tables, figure, notes, and references
Main Term(s): Male female offender comparisons; Social reform
Index Term(s): Behavior modification; Behavior patterns; Individual behavior; Nonviolent behavior; Risk taking behavior; Self concept; Self evaluation
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