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Assessment of Incarcerated Women’s Need for Treatment and Programming

Funder: Michigan Department of Corrections
PI: Sheryl Kubiak
Dates: 2009-2013
Several research initiatives (funded by MDOC) focused on the development and testing of new interventions for women convicted of assaultive offense. The first step was an assessment of incarcerated women involving a randomized, stratified sample of 600 women, comparing similarities and differences among women with and without violent offenses. Several interesting and informative papers and presentations have resulted – all with doctoral student involvement (Kubiak, Kim, Fedock & Bybee, accepted – Journal of Interpersonal Violence; Kubiak, Kim, Bybee & Eshelman, under review; Kubiak, Kim, Fedock & Bybee, in process; Kubiak, Rivera & Bybee, in process). Using this information, reviews of the literature, and clinical experience, Dr. Stephanie Covington wrote a new curriculum (Beyond Violence) that we pilot tested in the women’s prison. Our research team monitored the feasibility of the implementation and assessed fidelity to the model (Kubiak, Fedock, Kim & Tillander, under review) as well as short term outcomes (Kubiak, Kim, Fedock & Bybee, 2012). Based on the positive outcomes of the pilot testing, we initiated a randomized control trial comparing the new intervention to the treatment as usual (TAU) using two cohorts of each condition.
Collaborators: Sheryl Kubiak, Deb Bybee, Liz Tillander
Start Date: 2009
End Date: June, 2013

Related Publications:
  • Kubiak SP, Kim WJ, Fedock G, Bybee D. Differences Among Incarcerated Women With Assaultive Offenses: Isolated Versus Patterned Use of Violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 2013;28(12):2462-2490. doi:10.1177/0886260513479034
  •  Kubiak SP, Beeble M, Bybee D. Comparing the Validity of the K6 When Assessing Depression, Anxiety, and PTSD Among Male and Female Jail Detainees. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. 2012;56(8):1220-1238. doi:10.1177/0306624X11420106
  • Kubiak, S. et al. “Assessing Short-Term Outcomes of an Intervention for Women Convicted of Violent Crimes.” Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research 3 (2012): 197 – 212.DOI:10.5243/jsswr.2012.13
  • Kubiak, S. et al. “Assessing the feasibility and fidelity of an intervention for women with violent offenses.” Evaluation and program planning 42 (2014): 1-10 . 
  • Kubiak, S. et al. “Long-Term Outcomes of a RCT Intervention Study for Women with Violent Crimes.” Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research 7 (2016): 661 – 679.
  • Kubiak, S. et al. “Testing a Violence-Prevention Intervention for Incarcerated Women Using a Randomized Control Trial.” Research on Social Work Practice 25 (2015): 334 – 348.
  • Fedock, Gina et al. “Testing a New Intervention With Incarcerated Women Serving Life Sentences.” Research on Social Work Practice 29 (2019): 256 – 267.

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