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Date of Award

Summer 7-23-2018

Degree Type

Dissertation (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)

Committee Chair

Genevieve Arnaut


The purpose of the current phenomenological qualitative study was to explore juvenile offenders’ experiences and attitudes about transitioning from a juvenile correctional facility to an adult prison. Seven male participants who had transferred from a juvenile correctional facility to an adult prison within the prior three months were interviewed. Two overarching themes emerged: perceived lack of support and fear of the unknown. Experiences were characterized into three stages: pretransition, transition, and posttransition. The findings provide insight for correctional facilities on how the transition process can be improved.