Date of Award

1994

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts Honours

Faculty

Faculty of Arts

First Advisor

Dr John Duff

Abstract

In 1988 the Department of Corrective Services established an AIDS Standing Committee to draw up an HIV positive/AIDS policy. The Committee consists of ten members, two of whom are union members who represent the issues that concern 1,227 prison officers statewide. The Policy which was issued in 1989 medically isolated HIV positive prisoners from the mainstream prison population. The aim of this research is to identify and quantify the issues that concern prison officers about HIV positive prisoners in Western Australia. Such information will act as a medium through which these will be communicated to the AIDS Standing Committee. Structured questionnaires were mailed to 130 subjects taken from a stratified random sample of both country and metropolitan Western Australian prison officers. The results of these questionnaires identified the issues that concern prison officers about HIV positive prisoners in Western Australia. These results were written in the form of contingency tables and comments from the questions clarified these results. The research was guided by a theoretical context of participative management. This style of management encourages prison officers to participate in identifying the issues that concern them about HIV positive prisoners. These issues as well as the administrative and union issues will be identified in this research.

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