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Title Tell Me How You Really Feel: The Attitudes of the African American Church Toward African American Juvenile Sex Offenders
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Degree PhD
Discipline/Department Social Work
Degree Level doctoral
University/Publisher The Ohio State University
Abstract The relationship between race and juvenile sexual offending behaviors is not well developed in the literature. Juvenile sexual offenders who are ethnic minorities, specifically African Americans, would likely benefit from culturally competent treatment approaches to encourage treatment compliance and better long term recidivism outcomes. A developing area of research interest involves understanding the influence of ecological and cultural factors that support the rehabilitation of juvenile sexual offenders. The Black church provides an ideal starting point in this line of research because of the historical position the church has held within the African American community. In this study, survey packets were mailed to members of one predominantly Black church in the Midwest. The participants were asked about their attitudes toward juvenile sex offenders, their attitudes towards juvenile sex offender treatment, and what role the Black church should play in helping juvenile sex offenders and their families navigate treatment. There were 167 survey packets chosen for inclusion in this study. The findings indicate that these church members generally have positive attitudes toward juvenile sex offenders and that the church should offer support to these families. More specifically, individuals who had previous childhood experiences with a juvenile sex offender were more likely to have positive attitudes. Female church members had more critical attitudes towards treatment and were more likely to support incapacitation. In addition, participants indicated thatthere is a strong need in the church for further education, training and collaboration with professionals and other authority figures. Strategies for community based collaborations and implications for future research are discussed.
Subjects/Keywords African Americans; Behaviorial Sciences; Social Work; juvenile sex offender; treatment; cultural competence; African American; Black; church
Contributors Lee, Mo Yee (Committee Chair); Guada, Joseph (Committee Chair); Meshelemiah, Jacquelyn (Advisor)
Language en
Rights unrestricted ; This thesis or dissertation is protected by copyright: all rights reserved. It may not be copied or redistributed beyond the terms of applicable copyright laws.
Country of Publication us
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Record ID oai:etd.ohiolink.edu:osu1336700724
Repository ohiolink
Date Indexed 2016-12-22
Grantor The Ohio State University

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…juvenile sexual offenders will likely impact the youth‘s responsiveness to interventions. For instance, historical research indicates that the African American church has been a significant support for African Americans and their families (Taylor et al…

…2000). As a result of the historical position the church has held within the African American community, religious representatives are often the first individuals notified about personal crises. Due to significant issues with mistrust for systems…

…influence of ecological and cultural factors in the treatment of juvenile sexual offenders is to focus on how the African American church perceives these youth and their offending behaviors. Given that the African American church is such an important…

…As briefly noted previously, historically, the church has played a major role in helping African American families deal with life stressors and crises (Berg et al., 2008). The pastor or minister is likely to be the first person outside of…

…as a support has become less reliable. These issues are common knowledge for religious institutions like the Roman Catholic Church (Burkett & Bruni, 1993), but sexual misconduct in the African American church has recently gained new…

…within the institution. How are African American families struggling with the discovery of sexual aggression between family members received by the African American church? Are church members applying the same stereotypes and assumptions about the…

…offenders. This framework will be further elaborated upon in the literature review in Chapter 2. Research Questions and Concepts In an attempt to investigate African American church members‘ attitudes towards juvenile sex offenders, the researcher proposes…

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