Download the full-sized PDF of Processes of participant engagement with the Edmonton Drug Treatment Court: A grounded theoryDownload the full-sized PDF



Permanent link (DOI):


Export to: EndNote  |  Zotero  |  Mendeley


This file is in the following communities:

Graduate Studies and Research, Faculty of


This file is in the following collections:

Theses and Dissertations

Processes of participant engagement with the Edmonton Drug Treatment Court: A grounded theory Open Access


Other title
qualitative methods
substance-dependent offenders
drug treatment courts
Type of item
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Sachs, Robyn A.
Supervisor and department
Wild, T. Cameron (Centre for Health Promotion Studies)
Examining committee member and department
Nykiforuk, Candace (Centre for Health Promotion Studies)
Austin, Wendy (Nursing)
Centre for Health Promotion Studies

Date accepted
Graduation date
Master of Science
Degree level
The Edmonton Drug Treatment and Community Restoration Court (EDTC) diverts substance-addicted offenders from the criminal justice system and provides intensive court supervision, case management, and links to social, employment and education support. This thesis aimed to generate a grounded theory of the process of participant engagement with the EDTC, drawing on staff and participant interviews and observation of EDTC operations. Criteria of engagement included meeting expectations, communicating openly and honestly, and forming bonds. Internal engagement was described as feeling hopeful and willing, and perceiving expectations as helpful rather than controlling. Perceptions underlying internal engagement involved motivation and openness to socialization and trust; feeling engaged resulting in the act of confronting issues rather than avoiding them. The process of engagement was a positive cycle, instigated and perpetuated through interaction with expectations and discipline, realizing and experiencing specific reasons to change, forming trust and accessing internal and external resources to address barriers.
License granted by Robyn Sachs ( on 2009-10-02 (GMT): Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of the above terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis, and except as herein provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
Citation for previous publication

File Details

Date Uploaded
Date Modified
Audit Status
Audits have not yet been run on this file.
File format: pdf (Portable Document Format)
Mime type: application/pdf
File size: 1117139
Last modified: 2015:10:12 10:44:33-06:00
Filename: Sachs_Robyn_Fall2009.pdf
Original checksum: 9cfaec633be97072d7df9169ac68d51f
Well formed: true
Valid: true
File title: Pages
File title: Pages
File author: Cam Wild
Page count: 193
File language: en-US
Activity of users you follow
User Activity Date