Date of Graduation

Fall 2010


Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice


Criminology and Criminal Justice

Committee Chair

Brett Garland


gender, correctional staff, organizational commitment, job satisfaction, emotional exhaustion, female prisons

Subject Categories

Criminology and Criminal Justice


This study looked at the differences between male and female correctional staff in all-female prisons. T-tests and OLS regression models were used to determine if there were any significant differences between the genders with regards to organizational commitment (institutional commitment and Federal Bureau of Prisons commitment), job satisfaction, and emotional exhaustion. Three work predictors were also used to determine their influence on the commitment, job satisfaction, and emotional exhaustion. These variables include efficacy with inmates, supervision, and race and ethnicity. Significant relationships were found between male staff job satisfaction and efficacy with inmates and female staff institutional commitment and efficacy with inmates. Supervision was significant to job satisfaction for male and female staff; the relative influence was twice as great for male staff as female staff. Overall, race and ethnicity did not have any significant impact for male or female staff on any of the variables. The last chapter of this thesis discusses possible explanations for these results, along with limitations of the study, possibilities for future research, and policy implications.


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