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Ohio University-Eastern faculty receives research funding

ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio (Oct. 25, 2005) -- Dr. Janice Proctor, assistant professor of sociology, has received a Baker Award from Ohio University to pursue her research with female inmates. Proctor is examining the relationship between sexual and physical abuse and female criminality.

The study, "Understanding the Range of Female Criminality: A Prison Based Test of Three Theories," began 4 years ago and the first phase of the project entailed surveying 120 female inmates at the Topeka Correctional Facility in Kansas. The second phase of the project involved conducting audio-tape life history interviews. Proctor will use the Baker funds to transcribe and analyze the audio-tape interviews. The third phase will include interpreting the data and conducting further statistical analysis.

"Dr. Proctor's research involving female inmates is important work and she is to be congratulated for receiving such a prestigious award," David Castle, Ohio University-Eastern faculty chair, said. Baker Research Grants are awarded on a competitive basis among the entire Ohio University faculty. Baker Awards fund projects (such as Proctor') that are near completion.

The results of the first phase of her research project were published in the fall/winter 2004 issue of Women's Studies Quarterly in an article entitled "Understanding the Range of Female Criminality: A Prison Based Test of Three Traditional Theories." Proctor plans to continue to publish her findings and pass the information on to correction officials. She hopes her research will help improve the prison system and provide a better understanding of female criminality. She also frequently shares what she has learned with students.

"Sharing imprisoned women's life stories with my students makes my classroom lectures more dynamic," said Dr. Proctor. "Some of the women have incredible stories. In many ways they are my heroes. I want to tell their stories and share their struggles."

Proctor is very pleased to have received this highly competitive grant and her achievement demonstrates the high quality of research performed by OUE faculty.


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