Date of Award
Open Access Dissertation
College of Education
Doctorate of Education, Ed.D.
Marty Bullis, Ph.D.
Derrick Tennial, Ed.D.
Jerry McGuire, Ph.D.
African American, juvenile parole and probation officer, phenomenology, transcendental phenomenology, social identity, person‒organization fit, juvenile justice system
The purpose of this phenomenological study was to explore and better understand the lived
experiences of African American juvenile parole and probation officers in the Pacific Northwest. I conducted semistructured interviews with four African American juvenile parole and probation officers using a transcendental phenomenological framework. This framework was further supported and guided by social identity theory, critical race theory, and person‒organization fit theory. Through detailed semistructured interviews, field notes, and artifacts; honest and thought-provoking insight was gathered about the experiences of African American juvenile parole and probation officers. Furthermore, interview data was coded and analyzed using ATLAS.ti (2020) and during the analysis process, three themes and six subthemes emerged, capturing the essence of the four coresearchers’ lived experiences. These three themes and subthemes uncovered the desire to better support youth and hold them accountable as essential motivating factors for African American juvenile parole and probation officer career choice. Additionally, experiences of unpredictable schedules, and navigating two social identities—African Americans and the juvenile justice system—were explored. African American juvenile parole and probation officers want cultural representation at the management level, experience discrimination, and want more support—for themselves and African American youth—through more equitable practices, better recruitment strategies, and inclusive work environments.
CU Commons Citation
Lockett, Andre J., "The Lived Experience of African American Juvenile Parole and Probation Officers in the Pacific Northwest" (2020). Ed.D. Dissertations. 452.