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NCJ Number: 51350 Find in a Library
Title: VOLUNTEERS IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM - IMPACT OF THE EXPERIENCE ON THEIR ATTITUDES AND BEHAVIOR
Author(s): L A BOSTIC
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 245
Sponsoring Agency: UMI Dissertation Services
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1346
Sale Source: UMI Dissertation Services
300 North Zeeb Road
P.O. Box 1346
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1346
United States of America
Type: Thesis/Dissertation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: CHANGES IN ATTITUDE TOWARD THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM, AS WELL AS IN CLIENT-CENTERED BEHAVIOR, RESULTING FROM VOLUNTEERISM ARE PROBED, AS ARE ATTITUDE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN VOLUNTEERS AND NONVOLUNTEERS.
Abstract: THE QUASIEXPERIMENTAL STUDY USED A PRETEST-POSTTEST COMPARISON GROUP DESIGN. TWO SAMPLE POPULATIONS, AN EXPERIMENTAL GROUP OF 46 VOLUNTEERS SELECTED SEQUENTIALLY FROM 3 AGENCIES IN FRANKLIN COUNTY, OHIO, AND A COMPARISON GROUP OF 70 NONVOLUNTEERS SELECTED FROM COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS SUCH AS A SERVICE CLUB, A BLUE-COLLAR LABOR ORGANIZATION, A CHURCH, AND A SORORITY ALUMNAE GROUP, WERE INVOLVED. ALL OF THESE SUBJECTS HAD COMPLETED THE PRETEST AND POSTTEST QUESTIONNAIRES WHICH WERE ADMINISTERED AT 6-MONTH INTERVALS. SEVEN SCALES WERE DEVELOPED TO MEASURE SPECIFIC ATTITUDINAL DIMENSIONS OF THE SUBJECTS TOWARD THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. SCORES FOR EACH WERE GENERATED FOR THE TWO GROUPS AND COMPARISONS WERE MADE BETWEEN AND WITHIN GROUPS ON A PRETEST AND POSTTEST BASIS. A SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE WAS OBSERVED BETWEEN THE VOLUNTEER GROUP AND THE NONVOLUNTEER GROUP ON ALL BUT THREE SCALES ON THE PRETEST AND FOR ALL SCALES BUT ONE ON THE POSTTEST. ALSO, THERE WAS A SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE PRETEST AND POSTTEST RESULTS FOR THE VOLUNTEER GROUP IN THREE OF THE SEVEN SCALES, BUT NO SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO TESTS FOR THE NONVOLUNTEERS. DATA ANALYSES ARE DETAILED IN THE TEXT. THAT A SIGNIFICANTLY MORE FAVORABLE ATTITUDE TOWARD INVOLVEMENT WITH THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM RESULTS FROM THE EXPERIENCE OF VOLUNTEERING CAN BE INFERRED. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT A MORE DISCRIMINATING RESEARCH INSTRUMENT, I.E.; AN EXTENSIVELY REVISED QUESTIONNAIRE, BE DEVELOPED FOR FUTURE RESEARCH IN THIS FIELD. EXTENSIVE TABULAR DATA, REFERENCE NOTES, AND REFERENCES, ALONG WITH SEVEN APPENDIXES, ARE INCLUDED. (PRG)
Index Term(s): Attitude change; Ohio; Public Attitudes/Opinion; Public Opinion of Corrections; Public Opinion of the Courts; Public Opinion of the Police; Questionnaires; Volunteer programs; Volunteers
Note: SPECIAL PRICES FOR ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS. OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY - DOCTORAL DISSERTATION
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