Date of Award
Doctor of Education (EdD)
Making good post-incarceration decisions are important for helping formerly incarcerated individuals avoid a return to prison. This is the first study to look at emotional intelligence (EI) components formerly incarcerated men considered important for post-prison criminal desistance. This study explored six former New York state male prisoner’s individual experiences developing EI competencies, and how those EI skills contributed to their post-release decisions to desist crime. Research participants spent an average 7.5 years in a New York state prison, and have been out of prison and living in the community for an average 3.6 years without recommitting a criminal offense. Research interviews revealed that the internal process of self-reflection instigates an increased state of self-awareness. Self-awareness is the foundation for developing responsible decision-making skills and the motivation to desist crime. In addition, participants’ decisions to desist crime were also mediated by external factors including pro-social relationships with family members and friends, and having gainful employment.
Waleed, Craig A., "What Aspects of Emotional Intelligence Help Former Prisoners Make Decisions to Desist Crime?" (2017). Education Doctoral. Paper 333.
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