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dc.contributor.advisorRubin, Allenen
dc.contributor.advisorSpringer, David W.en
dc.creatorTripodi, Stephen Joseph, 1975-en
dc.date.accessioned2008-08-28T23:41:29Zen
dc.date.available2008-08-28T23:41:29Zen
dc.date.issued2007en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/3330en
dc.description.abstractThe present study examines the influence of social bonds on recidivism for a random sample of 250 male offenders released from Texas prisons since 2001. Social bonds are defined as the offender being employed, being married, or seeking educational pursuits. Based on life-course theory, developed by Sampson and Laub (1990), the researcher hypothesized that offenders released from prison who developed attachments (social bonds) would have less likelihood of recidivating than offenders who did not develop attachments (social bonds). Additionally, the researcher hypothesized that recidivists who developed attachments (social bonds) would have longer periods crimefree before re-incarceration than recidivists who lacked attachments (social bonds). The researcher used hierarchical binary logistic regression and Cox proportional hazard modeling to test the hypotheses. Although social bonds did not decrease the likelihood of re-incarceration, Cox proportional hazard modeling found that recidivists who obtained employment upon release from prison had longer periods before recidivating than those who did not obtain employment. The results indicate that employment may temporarily motivate offenders released from prison to avoid re-incarceration, but the affects appear to diminish over time. Social workers providing services to offenders released from prison should be aware that the influence of employment on desistance from crime might weaken over time, so they should continuously measure their clients' motivation levels regarding the desire to avoid re-incarceration.en
dc.format.mediumelectronicen
dc.language.isoengen
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Presentation of this material on the Libraries' web site by University Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin was made possible under a limited license grant from the author who has retained all copyrights in the works.en
dc.subject.lcshRecidivists--Texasen
dc.subject.lcshEx-convicts--Employmenten
dc.subject.lcshEx-convicts--Social networksen
dc.titleThe influence of social bonds on recidivism: a study of Texas prisoners paroled since 2001en
dc.title.alternativeStudy of Texas prisoners paroled since 2001en
dc.description.departmentSocial Worken
dc.identifier.oclc174572462en
dc.type.genreThesisen
thesis.degree.departmentSocial Work, School ofen
thesis.degree.disciplineSocial Worken
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen


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