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Author Beathea, Carol Joann Grady
Title "Now think about that!": Understanding aggression of African American women on probation and parole
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Descript 290 p
Note Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 64-03, Section: A, page: 1074
Director: Katherine Tyson
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Loyola University of Chicago, 2003
Few studies exists which offer understanding about aggressive acts of African American women probationers/parolees from the women's perspectives. This is a qualitative study using oral history, ethnographic methodology to explore the motives and subjective meanings leading to criminal activity of 13 African American women on probation/parole. From a focus group retreat and 13 individual interviews, the women in this study have broken their silence to share their life experiences, which have affected their decisions to engage in criminal behaviors toward others and themselves. Some women experienced the motives to engage in criminal activity as means to cope with poverty. Others experienced the motives to engage in the criminal acts as produced by an alien self-experience outside of their self regulatory control. The comprehensive psychology and philosophy of mind Intrapsychic Humanism was used as the guiding theory. In general, the results indicate serious and unrelenting trauma throughout childhood, and a notable lack of any relationship with a responsible adult who valued and stably nurtured them. In their attempt to adapt to the devastating inner pain produced by child abuse plus neglect in the context of deprived, violent, and corrupting environments, the women in this study developed both conscious and unconscious motives for pathological pleasure and motives for painful experiences. The results also disclosed that the overriding conscious desires of the participants were to fit in with others, provide for themselves and their children, to be cooperative with a significant partner, to be loved by their caregivers and to be cared for, protected and defended by family and society. The findings suggest that helping professionals who work with minority clients may need to understand that any change for the betterment of society begins by tapping the inner resource in individuals through a caregiving relationship with them
School code: 0112
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 64-03A
Subject Social Work
Sociology, Criminology and Penology
Black Studies
Women's Studies
Alt Author Loyola University of Chicago
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