Date of Award

January 2016

Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Safety, Security, and Emergency Management

First Advisor

E. Scott Dunlap

Department Affiliation

Safety, Security, and Emergency Management

Second Advisor

Earl H. Blair

Department Affiliation

Safety, Security, and Emergency Management

Third Advisor

Barry S. Spurlock

Department Affiliation

Safety, Security, and Emergency Management

Abstract

The context of the study was assessment of whether corrections officers in Appalachia are receiving adequate health and safety training who attended health and safety trainings sessions provided by the OSHA Training Institute and Education Center on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University. Participants included in the study were corrections officers who have been working in corrections for a minimum of two years. Participants were required to be working in Appalachian corrections during distribution of the questionnaire. Participants were selected by using convenience and snowball sampling procedures. The questionnaire was sent on 4 separate occasions, 10 of the expected 30 respondents participated in the questionnaire. The majority of participants stated that they had received training sessions covering topics of conflict management and inmate mental and physical health, demonstrating the possibility that corrections officers are adequately trained in these subject areas. There may be gaps in trainings provided to corrections officers, only half of participants stated they received anger and stress management training components. The question posed after research analysis is how adequately corrections officers in Appalachia are trained on other intrapersonal, as the research did address other areas of intrapersonal skills outside of anger and stress management.