Theses and dissertations published by graduate students in the Department of Sociology ad Criminal Justice, College of Arts & Letters, Old Dominion University, since Fall 2016 are available in this collection. Backfiles of all dissertations (and some theses) have also been added.

In late Fall 2023 or Spring 2024, all theses will be digitized and available here. In the meantime, consult the Library Catalog to find older items in print.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2009

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Thesis: Examining Re-Entry Challenges and Needs of Trinidad and Tobago Offenders, Kamhya M. Milan

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Thesis: Retention and Job Satisfaction Among Local Law Enforcement, Lisa N. Parron

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Thesis: Purchasing Power: An Exploration of Predictors of Political Participation and Political Consumerism, Sara Resnick

Theses/Dissertations from 2008

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Thesis: Virginia Standards of Learning: An Analysis of Sociodemographic Effects on Exam Passing Rates, Anne E. Foster

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Thesis: Extra-Legal Characteristics and Sentencing Disparity Among Federal Drug Offenders, Justin D. Galasso

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Thesis: Predicting Attitude Toward Sex Education in Public Schools, Sarah A. Gibson

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Thesis: The Simpsons: A Reflection of Violence, Theodore S. Huptich

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Thesis: College Students Concern Toward Public Intoxication, Ashley N. Mason

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Thesis: Is There a Perception of a Glass Ceiling? The Relationship Between Gender and Promotional Opportunities, Cassandra L. Matthews

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Thesis: The Nature of K-12 Teacher Need Through 2050: A Demographic Investigation of the Teacher Shortage Crisis in the United States, Rebecca M. Mullen

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Thesis: Correlates of Marital Success A Homogamy Model, Sarah A. Raper

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Thesis: Abuse Behind the Badge Intimate Partner Violence and Child Abuse in Police Families, Denicia M. Veroza

Theses/Dissertations from 2007

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Thesis: Social Disadvantage and Family Violence: Neighborhood Effects on Attitudes About Intimate Partner Violence and Corporal Punishment, Deeanna M. Button

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Thesis: The Effects of Collective Efficacy and Dissatisfaction With Law Enforcement on Neighborhood Crime Rates, Kelly E. Cobb

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Thesis: Employers Preferences: What Type of Employers Are Hiring Ex-Offenders?, Gia M. Dyke

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Thesis: The Depiction of Alcohol Tobacco and Other Substances in Children's G & PG-Rated Animated Films Post 2000, Lindsay F. Graham

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Thesis: Who Should Patients Turn To? A Look at Caregivers' Willingness to Perform Various Caregiving Tasks for Patients With Alzheimer's Disease, Melina L. Laroco

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Thesis: Intimate Partner Homicide, Karitta A. Page

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Thesis: College Students' Concerns Regarding Prison Rape, Laura A. Rapp

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Thesis: Using Peer Mediation as a New Alternative for Conflict Resolution: The Effects on Students' Behaviors and Attitudes, Shanika Anicia Testamark

Theses/Dissertations from 2006

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Thesis: Factors that Influence Domestic Violence Convictions in "No Drop Policy" Trials, Kim D. Akinyanju

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Thesis: A Macro-Level Analysis of Divorce Rates and Juvenile Violent Crime and Drug Abuse in Virginia, Bianca Maria Conn

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Thesis: Traumatic Experiences Contributing to Juvenile Delinquency: A Look at Gender Differences, Alexis L. Correia

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Thesis: Testing Social Disorganization as It Pertains to Prostitution, Wynter Leighanne Edwards

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Thesis: "Does It Take One to Know One?" A Comparison of Police Recruits' and Sergeants' Perceptions of a Good Police Officer, Kara K. Hoofnagle

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Thesis: Personal Responsibility Versus Government Responsibility Welfare Attitudes Post-1996, Emily C. Ing

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Thesis: The Floating Population and Crime in Contemporary China, Jonathan Wade Lopez

Theses/Dissertations from 2005

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Thesis: Citizen's Satisfaction With the Police, Kim Barshanet Baskerville

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Thesis: Socioeconomic Attainments of Africans Versus African-Americans in the United States, Azeb Berhane

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Thesis: An Examination Into the Effects of Social Positioning and Capitalist Immersion on Gendered Attitudes Towards Homosexuality in the United States, Fiona J. Blee

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Thesis: Comparing Domestic Assaults in Military and Non-Military Populations: A Test of Social Learning Theory, Crystal S. Carey

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Thesis: The Link Between Corporal Punishment and Teen Pregnancy, Jennifer M. Hagberg

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Thesis: The Determinants of Academic Performance of African American Males, Marvin K. Hall

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Thesis: Differential Police Treatment of Domestic and Nondomestic Assaults, Gina Michelle Sajko

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Thesis: Boys Will Be Boys: A Social Control Approach to Assessment of Gender-Based Sentencing Disparity in Norfolk Circuit Court Cases, Fay F. Spence

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Thesis: HIV/AIDS and Condom Usage: Factors That Contribute to African American Women's Vulnerability to HIV Infection, Monica P. Washington

Theses/Dissertations from 2004

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Thesis: Racial Discourse in Planet of the Apes, Mandy Sheidah Allen

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Thesis: Euthanasia: An Exploration of Public Opinion, Debra M. Babylon

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Thesis: The Effects of Firearm Use on Police Officers, Quinn M. Beers

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Thesis: The Effect of Humor on Elderly Well-Being, Mary M. Boone

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Thesis: Business Crime: The Perception and Experience of Victimization and Corresponding Use of Crime Prevention Measures, John A. Casten

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Thesis: Gender and HIV Risk Behavior in China, Yelan Guo

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Thesis: A Cross-National Analysis of the Impact of Conscription on Crime Rates, Nicolette G. Rose

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Thesis: Social Capital and Religion: A Quantitative Analysis of the Relationship Between Religious Participation and Social Capital, Kyshawn Smith

Theses/Dissertations from 2003

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Thesis: It Does Take a Village to Raise a Child, Rebecca J. Boyd

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Thesis: Population Mobility High-Risk Environments and the Diffusion of HIV/STDS: A Community Based Study in Southwest China, Hongyun Fu

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Thesis: War at Home Spouse Abuse in Military Families, Carrie L. Gray

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Thesis: Social Disorganization Theory: Examining the Mediating Effects of Social Ties and Disorder on Crime, Matasha L. Harris

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Thesis: Police Response to Domestic Violence: Does Officer Gender Make a Difference?, Amy Leighann Whitmore

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Thesis: Effects of Race and Prosecutor's Perceptions of Victim's Behaviors on Domestic Violence Case Outcomes, Angel K. Williams

Theses/Dissertations from 2002

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Thesis: Selected Factors That Influenced a State's Collapse: A Historical Analysis of the Case of Sierra Leone, I. Betty Williams Conteh

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Thesis: Chipping Away at the Gendered Wall Implications for Being a Woman Sociologist, Rebecca Fogerty Grove

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Thesis: Crossing the Line: Juvenile Transfer and Prison Violence, Jessica M. Huffman

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Thesis: Invisible Men in Family Planning: Determinants of Men's Unmet Need in Bangladesh, Mahmuda Khatun

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Thesis: The Normative Structures Guiding Surfers' Perceptions About the Environment: An Exploratory Analysis of Environmental Behavior and Environmental Concern, Jeffrey G. Toussaint

Theses/Dissertations from 2001

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Thesis: Beneath the Black and Blue: The Child Abuse-Delinquency Connection, Heather M. Baltodano

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Thesis: An Evaluation of Washington State's First-Time Offender Waiver (FTOW), Marianne Galgon

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Thesis: Institutionalized Discrimination and Sectarianism in Northern Ireland, Darlene E. Hall

Theses/Dissertations from 2000

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Thesis: Victimless Crime: A Comparison of Public Offense Ratings of Misdemeanor Offenses and Virginia Sentencing Guidelines, Theresa M. Dutton

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Thesis: Effects of Gender Role Socialization and Investments in Human Capital on the Decision of a Woman With Children Under School Age to Work Outside the Home, Marion A. Edrington

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Thesis: A Study of Faculty Attitudes at Old Dominion University Toward the Use of Technology in Higher Education, Charles R. Gray

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Thesis: Medical Students and Their Attitudes Toward Abortion: An Assessment of Which Factors Influence Medical Students' Willingness or Unwillingness to Perform Abortions, Katherine M. Krupa

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Thesis: Perceptions of Police Abusive Behavior: Factors Influencing Citizens' Attitudes Toward the Police Use of Excessive Force, Debra P. Laville-Wilson

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Thesis: Delinquency and Victimization Among Adolescents An Examination of the Relationship and Lifestyle Influences, Joy Eileen Livergood

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Thesis: The Effects of Education and Exposure on College Students' Perceptions of Dating Violence, Kristian Moore

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Thesis: Kicking at the Closet Door: The Opinions, Attitudes, and Experiences of Military Homosexuals, Rodney Lee Parks

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Thesis: An Exploratory Study of Domestic Violence Attitudes Among Virginia Magistrates, Elaine M. Phillips

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Thesis: Victims Confront Offenders: An Exploratory Study of Victim Satisfaction During Mediation, Krystal C. Walton

Theses/Dissertations from 1999

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Thesis: Social Disorganization Theory the Effect of Social and Economic Factors on Crime and Delinquency, Tonya G. Anderson

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Thesis: An Analysis of Student Attitudes Toward Old Dominion University's TELETECHNET: A Comparison of Traditional and Non-Traditional Sites, Michael G. Bisciglia

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Thesis: A Study of Community Satisfaction, Environmental Concern, and Attitudes Toward Development on Virginia's Eastern Shore, Tasha M. Brown

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Thesis: Medicaid Fraud: Medical Students' and Physicians' Attitudes and Perceptions, Kristin M. Byars

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Thesis: The Rape Victim's Response An Examination of the Impact of Situational Factors on Self-Protective Strategies Utilized by Sexual Assault Victims, Sharon K. Flax

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Thesis: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Considering the Impact of Educational Institutions and Teacher Perceptions, Cynthia S. Glass

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Thesis: Television, Low Self-Control, and Deviance: Examining Basic Elements of Gottfredson and Hirschi's General Theory of Crime, Moises O. Mina Jr.

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Thesis: An Exploratory Study of the Correlates of Drug Use Among Juveniles: Analysis of Regional Variations in the United States, Denise D. Nation

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Thesis: When Officers Get the "Blues": Factors That May Determine Which Officer Is More Inclined to Feel Job Stress, Olivia Poppy Nelson

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Thesis: Factors That Affect Recidivism of Offenders on Electronic Monitoring in Norfolk, Virginia, Michael P. O'Toole

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Thesis: Gender Roles Presented in Children's Literature: A Random Selection and Analysis of Non-Award Winning Books, Renae M. Poarch

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Thesis: Computer Crime: Software Piracy Among College Students, Stephanie E. Stockdale

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Thesis: Comparative study of Economic Adjustment and Housing Quality of Migrants and Natives in the State of Virginia, Bayram Unal

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Thesis: The Influence of Extra-Legal Factors on the Sentencing of Drug Offenders in a Determinant Sentencing State, Ramonsa D. White

Theses/Dissertations from 1998

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Thesis: A Study of Child Abuse: Race Gender and Family Structure, Linda Wyatt Faircloth

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Thesis: Assessing Levels of Cooperation Between PACE and Patrol Officers in the City of Norfolk Virginia Police Department, Michael G. Goldsmith

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Thesis: Understanding Juror Decisions: The Influence of Other Jurors' Votes, Unanimous Versus Majority Decision Rule, and Juror Gender, La Donna Flanagan James

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Thesis: The Causes and Consequences of Migration: The Case of Chinese Women, Janet L. Warren

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Thesis: Racial Differences in Rape Myth Acceptance Among College Women, LeKeshia M. Washington

Theses/Dissertations from 1997

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Thesis: Gender, Race, and Court Location Effects on Exceptional Sentencing in the State of Washington, Catherine L. Drezak

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Thesis: Virginia's Eastern Shore High School Students: Factors That May Impact Their Educational Aspirations, Valdimir Demont Handy

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Thesis: Dispatchers' Perceptions of Computer-Aided Dispatch (CAD) in Police Communications Operations: An Exploratory Study, Anthony L. Luckman

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Thesis: Differences in Married Versus Maritally Disrupted Children's Frequency of Contact With Their Mothers, Sonya Dee Thompson

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Thesis: Bailing Out of Bonds: The Effect of Victim/Offender Relationships and Other Factors in the Setting of Bail, Tancy Vandecar

Theses/Dissertations from 1996

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Thesis: When the "Blues" Come to Call: Police Officers' Attitudes Toward and Responses to Domestic Violence, Christine Reneé Crossland

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Thesis: Pounding Seas Against the Shore Wife Battering in the U.S. Navy and Its Relationship to Duty Assignment, Peter James Mercier III

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Thesis: An Exploratory Study of Gender and the Process of Negotiating Academic Contracts Among Sociologists, Miriam M. Newton

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Thesis: Grading Teaching: An Evaluation of Teaching Techniques Used by California Community College Introduction to Sociology Instructors, Lynette Ann Osborne-Estes

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Thesis: Fear of Crime in Rural America: Fear Along Virginia's Eastern Shore, David Steven Simon

Theses/Dissertations from 1995

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Thesis: A Comparison of Graduation Rates for Community College Transfer Students and Non-Transfer Students at An Urban, Regional University, Rory Jay DeShano

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Thesis: Self-Esteem, Sense of Community, and Participation in Organized Sports: A Study of Rural High School Students on Virginia's Eastern Shore, Michele K. Lee

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Thesis: An Examination of Factors Influencing the Definition of Rape, Connie Sue Minton