Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

2700

Date

2016

Date of Award

7-5-2016

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education

Major

Counseling

Committee Chair

Richard K James

Committee Member

Pamela Cogdal

Committee Member

Daniel Lustig

Committee Member

Steve Zanskas

Abstract

The U. S. criminal justice system is the largest provider of mental health services in the country. However, the criminal justice system is not prepared to meet the complex needs of offenders with mental illness (OMI). This study used a quasi-experimental design to evaluate the pilot Adult Recidivism Alternatives (ARRAY) program as a treatment for commonly reported symptoms of mental illness. The Emotional Problems Scales (Corrections) was used to measure participants' symptom levels on the anxiety, depression, PTSD, and low se-esteem scales as measured at pre- and post-intervention. ARRAYis a group counseling intervention that combines Control Theory, individual psychology, and cognitive-behavioral technologies in a treatment model designed by the author. The findings of the study are that participants who completed the ARRAY program experienced reductions in symptoms of depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, and low self-esteem, but not anxiety. Program graduates have a lower rearrest rate than other offenders.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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