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Incarcerated Women’s Experiences and Perceptions of Participating in Research

Title: Incarcerated Women’s Experiences and Perceptions of Participating in Research.
Name(s): Schelbe, Lisa, author
Hardwick, Amanda, author
Wilfong, Ashley N, author
Hanifin, Cynthia E, author
Tripodi, Stephen J, author
Pettus-Davis, Carrie, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Journal Article
Date Issued: 2017-12-15
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Background: The research process within prisons has largely considered researchers’ perspectives. Only one known study explicitly examined incarcerated persons’ perceptions and no known studies have explored incarcerated persons’ experiences with research on sensitive topics. This study examines incarcerated women’s experiences with participating in research on victimization. Methods: A thematic analysis was conducted on responses to open-ended questions about participating in a research study from 227 women in two prisons who participated in a study about victimization. Results: Women prisoners were overwhelming positive about participating in the research study with the vast majority willing to participate in a future study. Participants believed participating in the study provided opportunities for them to share their story, heal, reflect, grow, and help others. Some women mentioned that discussing certain topics created uncomfortable emotions and memories. Conclusion: Participants perceived benefits of participating in research. Implications for research in prisons are presented.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1531492776_eb4c0be0 (IID), 10.1177/0306624X17747173 (DOI)
Keywords: prison research, human subjects protection, IRB, women prisoners, incarcerated women, women offender, victimization
Publication Note: This is the accepted manuscript, and the published version of record can be found at
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Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part Of: International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology.

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Schelbe, L., Hardwick, A., Wilfong, A. N., Hanifin, C. E., Tripodi, S. J., & Pettus-Davis, C. (2017). Incarcerated Women’s Experiences and Perceptions of Participating in Research. International Journal Of Offender Therapy And Comparative Criminology. Retrieved from