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MA (Master of Arts)
Criminal Justice and Criminology
Date of Award
Committee Chair or Co-Chairs
John T. Whitehead
Michael C. Braswell, Steven J. Ellwanger
Sex Offender Registries and Community notification laws are in many ways derived from emotion. It is believed that one can predict views on these social policies by examining aspects of life experience due to Techniques of Neutralization and Labeling theories. Reliability and Factor analyses were used to create factor-based indices to predict views on social policies, specifically views on sex offender registries and community notification laws. Multiple Regression was used to assess the effects of gender, race, age, spirituality, locus of control, beliefs about rape, and religiosity on sex offender registries, community notification laws, and sex offenders. By using regression, it was found that locus of control, beliefs about rape, religiosity, and spirituality all had a significant effect on beliefs about sex offender registries, community notification laws, and sex offenders.
Thesis - restricted
Woodward, Vanessa Hatch, "Predicting Views of Sex Offenders and Sex Offender Policies Through Life Experiences." (2009). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 1823. https://dc.etsu.edu/etd/1823
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