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Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Raytha Yokley, Fuad Baali, Thomas Madron


Original department was Sociology & Anthropology

Degree Program

Department of Sociology

Degree Type

Master of Arts


Using the population of Kentucky state parole officers as the focus of this thesis, work styles were studied. The work styles of twenty-eight rural parole officers were compared with the work styles of twenty-two urban officers. The Fisher Exact Statistical Test was used to test differences between these groups. Rural officers were significantly more likely than urban officers to go out of their offices to meet with their parolees. Urban officers had had a significantly greater number of parolees waiting in their offices at one time, than the rural officers had. The length of the average meeting did not differ significantly when rural and urban officers were compared. Rural officers were significantly more likely than urban officers to involve community agencies and citizens in the supervision of their parolees. The two groups of parole officers did not differ significantly in the use of group sessions. There was no significant difference between rural and urban officers on the basis of their consultation with their supervisors. Rural parole officers were significantly more likely to feel that a major portion of the parolee’s success was dependent on them than the urban officers. In summary, a more informal work style was evidenced by the rural parole officers.


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