"The correctional profession struggles to prevent boundary violating behavior by correctional employees with inmates. Examples of boundary violations that have occurred in correctional institutions include aiding an inmate in an escape, providing weapons to inmates, and engaging in sexual contact with an inmate. Any type of boundary violating behavior between an inmate and an employee has the potential of threatening the stability of the institution as well as creating a public safety risk. This study examined the process that permits a female correctional employee to develop a relationship with a male inmate" (p. iv). Five chapters comprise this dissertation: introduction and purpose of this study; literature review covering the environment inside a correctional facility, organizational components, organizational response, boundary violations in mental health treatment settings and in correctional facilities, consequence of boundary violations, strategies to address boundary violations, values and characteristics of employees, women in corrections, love and attraction in the workplace, and women in love with inmates; methodology—origins and purposes, perspective taking, voice, context, relationship, emergent themes, and shaping the story and composing the narrative; the portraits—portraits of four former female correctional officers, emerging themes, and review of research questions; and discussion and conclusions—Boundary Violation Model, and implications for correctional leaders.
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A Portrait of Boundary Violations: Former Female Employees of Corrections Who Have Established a Relationship With an Inmate