Advisor(s) - Committee Chair
Joan Krenzin, Lynn Newhart, Edward Bohlander
Department of Sociology
Master of Arts
The purpose of this study was to determine the attitudes and opinions of circuit court judges in Kentucky concerning the issue of pregnancy and substance abuse. A questionnaire was mailed to all 90 circuit court judges in Kentucky. The questionnaire, consisting of both a Likert scale and open-ended questions, dealt with concerns relating to the criminalization of pregnant substance abusers, fetal rights, state intervention in the case of pregnant substance abusers, and mothers rights. The ages of the judges, as well as their years of experience on the bench, were used to determine their attitudes on these issues. Results showed that older judges and more experienced judges were more likely to favor criminalization of pregnant substance abusers. Younger judges and less experienced judges, however, were less likely to favor criminalization of pregnant substance abusers.
Criminology | Criminology and Criminal Justice | Health Policy | Legal Studies | Public Administration | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Sociology
DeGeorge, Michelle, "Attitudes & Opinions of Circuit Court Judges on the Issue of Substance Abuse During Pregnancy" (1992). Masters Theses & Specialist Projects. Paper 2248.