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Unwavering Support and Relentless Fear: A Narrative Inquiry into How Mothers of Adult Children who are Registered as Sex Offenders in Florida Experience the Sex Offender Registry, Rules, and Laws

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2022
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Sex Offender Registry and Notification (SORN) and Sex Offender Residency Restrictions (SORR) laws and policies were developed and implemented with the intention of keeping communities and children safe, however many studies illustrate that these policies are in fact resulting in negative consequences for registrants and their families. All the existing studies focused on both registrants and family members, in most cases, spouses. A gap in the literature about the possible impacts on mothers of adult registrants was identified. Further, there was a lack of qualitative research, which, in highlighting the lived experiences and stories of mothers, is powerful and can have a significant impact on increasing social awareness. The number of registered citizens continues to grow in Florida each year, and there are increasing numbers of families and loved ones of registered citizens that will need supportive and specialized therapeutic services. As a doctoral capstone, this qualitative narrative research involved one-on-one semi-structured interviews with 15 mothers of registered citizens throughout the state of Florida between March and November 2021. The aims of the study were to determine if mothers experienced the same impacts as other family members, or if their experiences were unique to mothering a registered adult child; to learn about how mothers coped with having an adult child on the Florida registry; and finally, what service providers need to know to adequately support this population.
Title: Unwavering Support and Relentless Fear: A Narrative Inquiry into How Mothers of Adult Children who are Registered as Sex Offenders in Florida Experience the Sex Offender Registry, Rules, and Laws.
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Name(s): Kavanagh, Shelley , author
Howard, Heather, Thesis advisor
Florida Atlantic University, Degree grantor
School of Social Work
College of Social Work and Criminal Justice
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Date Created: 2022
Date Issued: 2022
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 98 p.
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Sex Offender Registry and Notification (SORN) and Sex Offender Residency Restrictions (SORR) laws and policies were developed and implemented with the intention of keeping communities and children safe, however many studies illustrate that these policies are in fact resulting in negative consequences for registrants and their families. All the existing studies focused on both registrants and family members, in most cases, spouses. A gap in the literature about the possible impacts on mothers of adult registrants was identified. Further, there was a lack of qualitative research, which, in highlighting the lived experiences and stories of mothers, is powerful and can have a significant impact on increasing social awareness. The number of registered citizens continues to grow in Florida each year, and there are increasing numbers of families and loved ones of registered citizens that will need supportive and specialized therapeutic services. As a doctoral capstone, this qualitative narrative research involved one-on-one semi-structured interviews with 15 mothers of registered citizens throughout the state of Florida between March and November 2021. The aims of the study were to determine if mothers experienced the same impacts as other family members, or if their experiences were unique to mothering a registered adult child; to learn about how mothers coped with having an adult child on the Florida registry; and finally, what service providers need to know to adequately support this population.
Identifier: FA00014099 (IID)
Degree granted: Dissertation (PhD)--Florida Atlantic University, 2022.
Collection: FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
Note(s): Includes bibliography.
Subject(s): Sex offenders
Sex offenders--Legal status, laws, etc.--Florida.
Sex offenders--Family relationships
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