Master's Theses

Date of Award

Spring 2005

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Advisor

Frederick Britton

Abstract

Since there is little research regarding a possible relationship between criminogenic behavior and communication disorders, the purpose of this study was to investigate the auditory processing abilities of adult male offenders. This information may be used to aid individuals involved in corrections to implement suitable approaches to rehabilitation and overall communication with offenders. This study was conducted within a medium security correctional facility. Fifty male offenders ranging in age from 19 to 57 years, with a mean age of 33.82 years and normal hearing sensitivity, participated in the study. An auditory processing test and a language screening were administered to assess abilities of participants. The majority of participants scored below the normal range on the SCAN-A. Sixteen had scores within the disordered range, 16 had scores within the questionable range, and 18 scored within functional limits. On the three subtests administered from DTLA-A, participants’ scores varied, with the lowest scores on the vocabulary subtest. There were no variances among scores on the SCAN-A and participant variables such as ethnicity or histories of prior convictions. It appears that many of the participants may have auditory processing and language deficits. These results would indicate a need for speech-language and audiological services within the population. By instituting services for offenders with auditory processing deficits, correctional facilities can be more effective in providing rehabilitation services; thus, reducing recidivism within the population.

Rights

Copyright 2005 Elizabeth D. Cline

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