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Research With Women Serving Court-Mandated Probation or Parole Orders Recherche sur les femmes soumises à une probation imposée par le tribunal ou à une ordonnance de probation

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Abstract:

The life context of women offenders exemplifies the health inequities that the World Health Organization highlights as important determinants of health. In the past decade the sentencing of women to correctional detention has increased dramatically, prompting an urgent call for research in this area. In response to this call, a pilot study was conducted in the Canadian province of Ontario to investigate the health promotion and health literacy needs of women in conflict with the law. The authors highlight aspects of the research process with female offenders by recounting the personal and professional challenges experienced by the research team in carrying out an investigation with this population. They conclude with recommendations for future research with women offenders using lessons learned over the course of the pilot study.

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Le cadre de vie des délinquantes constitue un bon exemple des inégalités sanitaires que l'Organisation mondiale de la santé a cernées comme étant d'importants déterminants de la santé. Au cours de la dernière décennie, on a noté une hausse importante des condamnations menant à une détention correctionnelle chez les femmes, ce qui fait ressortir la nécessité pressante d'entreprendre des travaux de recherche dans ce domaine. Pour répondre à cette nécessité, une étude pilote a été menée au Canada, plus précisément en Ontario, en vue d'examiner les besoins des femmes qui ont des démêlés avec la justice en ce qui concerne la promotion et les notions en matière de santé. Les auteures font ressortir les aspects du processus de recherche employé auprès de délinquantes en énumérant les difficultés professionnelles et personnelles auxquelles peut se heurter l'équipe de recherche lors du déroulement d'une telle enquête. Dans leur conclusion, elles formulent des recommandations pour les futurs travaux de recherche entrepris auprès des délinquantes en se servant des leçons tirées de l'étude pilote.

Keywords: HEALTH PROMOTION; PRISONERS; RESEARCH METHODS; WOMEN OFFENDERS

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 2009

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