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Collateral Effects of the Media on Sex Offender Reintegration: Perceptions of Sex Offenders, Professionals, and the Lay Public

  • Author / Creator
    Corabian, Gabriela
  • Sexual offending results in devastating consequences for victims and is of great concern to the public; prevention of re-offending is therefore an important endeavour. No formal reintegration system is in place for sex offenders and often the media sensationalizes stories about these offenders, which can indirectly affect their opportunities for reintegration into the community and thereby impact factors related to recidivism. Because the media has a remarkable influence on public views and frequently draws attention to sex offenders, it is important to study the role it plays in offender reintegration. The proposed study surveyed sex offenders, professionals who work with them, and university students on their perceptions of how the media portrays sex offenders and the effects of these portrayals on sex offender reintegration. Results and implications of the findings are discussed.

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  • Graduation date
    2012-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Education
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3G053
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Educational Psychology
  • Specialization
    • Counselling Psychology
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Jung, Sandy (Psychology, Grant MacEwan University)
    • Truscott, Derek (Educational Psychology)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Varnhagen, Connie (Psychology)
    • Jung, Sandy (Psychology, Grant MacEwan University)
    • Truscott, Derek (Educational Psychology)
    • Pei, Jacqueline (Educational Psychology)