Wek 3 Discussion 1 -Delilah Moore

I’m stuck on a Writing question and need an explanation.

Respond to one of your colleagues’ posts and provide feedback on the following: $5 post

  • The alignment of the component parts of your colleague’s post
  • The quality of the question as a qualitative research question
  • Recommendations on how to improve

  1. My research seeks to understand why veterans who declined to enter Veterans’ Treatment Court (VTC) made that decision. The purpose of this inquiry is to discover the barriers to treatment specific to veterans and how they can be overcome so that more veterans who qualify to receive the extra help take advantage of the assistance available to them.
  2. Existing research on the topic of VTC has relied on studies of veterans admitted to diversion programs and the factors involved in their decision-making. A gap in literature is that little is known, beyond speculation, about those veterans who declined a VTC program and their reasons for opting out. This qualitative study is interested in veterans with substance abuse-related offenses who chose traditional court processing over more lenient, therapy-oriented VTC programs. A better understanding of why veterans would refuse a VTC program is important because it can highlight the obstacles to treatment that veterans face. Once the obstacles are identified, strategies for overcoming them can be developed and implemented.
  3. A positionality memo is a way for researchers to reflect on their personal experiences and beliefs and reconcile those with their research topic (Ravitch & Carl, 2016). There are a few positionality issues that I noticed while writing my memo. First, my perspective of the phenomenon I am studying is limited in scope. My understanding of military veterans and their experiences in and out of service is not extensive and based primarily on what I have read in articles and watched on documentaries. My personal research of this subject offers only a glimpse of what the military lifestyle is like for those who live it. I can only presume that my lack of firsthand experience in this arena will be a significant barrier to fully understanding what I am attempting to study. Second, I have been negatively impacted by a veteran with a substance-abuse problem and I am aware that experience has resulted in a bias, or bend toward a particular way of thinking. Lastly, my various life roles have provided me with multiple, conflicting perspectives of this topic. On one hand, I believe that choosing a military career is a personal choice, as is choosing to engage in criminal activity. Considering equal protection, why should veterans get preferential treatment in court processing? On the other hand, my studies and job experience have made it clear to me that punishment alone does not produce success, as measured by recidivism. Treatment of underlying causes of drug abuse is necessary to prevent further drug abuse. I will have to analyze my positionality further to determine what biases exist, how they may impact my research, and what aspects of the inquiry I am missing.
  4. What factors contribute to a veteran offender’s decision to decline participation in a Veterans’ Treatment Court?

References

Ravitch, S. M. & Carl, N. M. (2016). Qualitative research: Bridging the conceptual, theoretical, and methodological. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.