Analyzing Criminal Justice Student Attitudes Towards Sexual Offenders

dc.contributor.advisorHewitt, Ashley
dc.contributor.authorArd, Paige
dc.date.accessioned2022-07-13T14:57:24Z
dc.date.available2022-07-13T14:57:24Z
dc.date.issued2022-05
dc.description.abstractNumerous studies within the criminal justice (CJ) field have evaluated public attitudes towards sexual offenders to investigate whether they are disproportionately vilified as compared to other criminal groups. Generally, these studies have found that public perceptions of sex offenders are misconstrued (Corabian, 2021). A dire consequence of such beliefs is that unfounded stigmas misguide public opinions to enact harsh and discriminatory laws that may perpetuate criminality. For example, it has been acknowledged elsewhere that strict sex offender legislation is counterproductive to community safety as harsh restrictions stigmatize and prevent societal reintegration of sex offenders. Although numerous studies have evaluated public perceptions towards sex offenders, few studies have analyzed the perceptions of students, especially those who have a CJ focus. As CJ students begin their career paths, evaluating their attitudes towards sexual offenders may provide insight into future policies and approaches to working with sexual offenders by those most likely to work in this field. Using a sample of 98 undergraduate CJ students from Texas State University, this study explores attitudes towards sexual offenders using the Community Attitudes Toward Sex Offenders (CATSO) scale (Church, Wakeman, Miller, Clements & Sun, 2008). Differences in attitudes are then investigated based on participants’ sociodemographic information, educational levels, political affiliations, past/current enrollment within a sex offender class, and the intended career paths. Implications of the findings are discussed.
dc.description.departmentHonors College
dc.formatText
dc.format.extent44 pages
dc.format.medium1 file (.pdf)
dc.identifier.citationArd, P. E. (2022). Analyzing criminal justice student attitudes towards sexual offenders (Unpublished thesis). Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10877/15940
dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectsex offenders
dc.subjectperceptions
dc.subjectattitudes
dc.subjectCJ students
dc.subjectcareers
dc.subjectHonors College
dc.titleAnalyzing Criminal Justice Student Attitudes Towards Sexual Offenders
thesis.degree.departmentHonors College
thesis.degree.disciplineFinance and Economics
thesis.degree.grantorTexas State University
txstate.documenttypeHonors Thesis

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