Date of Award
Master of Social Work
School of Social Work
First Reader/Committee Chair
This research explored correction officers’ perceptions and attitudes in relation to inmates with mental health issues. In a qualitative fashion, semi-structured interviews were conducted with five correction officers in Southern California (N = 5) during the Winter 2018 Quarter. Using thematic analysis, this study identified six major themes from the interview data: mental health has remained a prominent issue within the prison population; correction officers were fairly knowledgeable about mental health; correction officers perceived themselves as having to play a limited role in the rehabilitation of inmates with mental health problems; constant prompts in daily activities and medication management were two challenges encountered by correction officers in their interaction with inmates; correction officers’ progressive preparedness to serve mentally challenged inmates; and correction officers reported a need for more support and higher level of care within the prison system. Implications for the criminal justice system were discussed.
Keywords: mental health, correction officers, inmates, preparedness, lack of support
Serafini, Alexandra Rose, "CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS’ PERCEPTIONS AND ATTITUDES TOWARD MENTAL HEALTH WITHIN THE PRISON SYSTEM" (2018). Electronic Theses, Projects, and Dissertations. 735.