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On the Brink: Experiences of Women with Mental Illness on Probation

Abstract This dissertation explores the lives of women who are on the Severely Mentally Ill (SMI) caseload at Maricopa County Adult Probation in Arizona (The Phoenix metro region). The project focuses on three primary issues: (1) what are the pathways to the criminal justice and mental health systems for women on the SMI caseload (2) how does discretion and expansive formal social control (both benevolent and coercive) impact the lives of these women on the SMI caseload and (3) what are the gendered aspects to successful completion of SMI probation. To answer these questions a mixed-methods research design was employed. First, in-depth semi-structured interviews were completed with 65 women on the SMI caseload. Second, these interviews were suppleme... (more)
Created Date 2013
Contributor Mulvey, Philip (Author) / Decker, Scott H (Advisor) / Spohn, Cassia (Committee member) / Holtfreter, Kristy (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Criminology / Mental health / gendered pathways / Mental Illness / problem solving courts / social control
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 316 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. Criminology and Criminal Justice 2013
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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