Understanding Barriers to Whole-Body Donation to Forensic Anthropology Facilities: Implications for Criminal Investigations

dc.contributor.advisorSummers, Lucia
dc.contributor.authorCasagrande, Katlyn
dc.contributor.committeeMemberBowman, Scott
dc.contributor.committeeMemberSpradley, Kate
dc.date.accessioned2020-05-14T15:35:22Z
dc.date.available2020-05-14T15:35:22Z
dc.date.issued2020-05
dc.description.abstractCriminal investigations of recovered human remains often must start with identification. If the remains are skeletonized, this is much more difficult, and forensic anthropologists must be called in. Forensic anthropologists rely on donated cadavers to conduct research that will enable better identification of human skeletal remains for law enforcement. Facilities like the Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State (FACTS) have a disparity of the number of Hispanic remains in their collection, despite a large Hispanic population in Central Texas. Hispanics are murdered at a similar, sometimes higher, rate as whites in the United States, and thus it is important that we can properly identify those remains. Identification is also important for the border patrol in their examination of remains along the U.S.-Mexico border. To understand the under-representation at FACTS and other facilities, ten interviews were conducted with Hispanics in Central Texas to understand their knowledge of and willingness to donate to forensic anthropology facilities. The most common barrier that emerged from these interviews was a lack of knowledge about the facilities. Generational differences, cultural beliefs, and religious practices served as barriers as well. With the information gathered here, efforts can be made to increase donations and better serve law enforcement in identification of Hispanic remains.
dc.description.departmentCriminal Justice and Criminology
dc.formatText
dc.format.extent72 pages
dc.format.medium1 file (.pdf)
dc.identifier.citationCasagrande, K. (2020). Understanding barriers to whole-body donation to forensic anthropology facilities: Implications for criminal investigations</i> (Unpublished thesis). Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10877/9906
dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectForensic anthropology
dc.subjectCriminal investigation
dc.subjectWhole-body donation
dc.subjectMotivations
dc.titleUnderstanding Barriers to Whole-Body Donation to Forensic Anthropology Facilities: Implications for Criminal Investigations
dc.typeThesis
thesis.degree.departmentCriminal Justice
thesis.degree.disciplineCriminal Justice
thesis.degree.grantorTexas State University
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science

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