Campus Location

Dallas Campus (Online)

Date of Award


Document Type

DNP Project



Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Committee Chair or Primary Advisor

Rosie Taylor Lewis

Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor

Linda Gibson

Third Committee Member or Committee Reader

Faisal Aboul-Enein


The purpose of this qualitative study was to examine female ex-offenders’ perceptions of their lived experience(s) while transitioning into society after incarceration. This study examined risk factors that female ex-offenders faced while transitioning into society asking the question, “What are the lived experiences of female ex-offenders who utilized transitional housing for reentry with regard to their perception of the benefits of certain services/offerings and staff support?” Nine participants were part of the study ranging from 25–64 years of age, with the majority being between the ages of 25 and 55 years old, residing originally in five different states. Sixty percent were unemployed or retired and only one was currently obtaining educational training. The researcher conducted, transcribed, and analyzed three half-hour Zoom sessions. A 10-item questionnaire was given to the participants to analyze their perceptions of their lived experiences while transitioning into society. Outcomes were increased awareness and giving a voice to both the female ex-offenders and the administration and staff of the transitional homes. Recommendations are that more IPA studies need to be conducted to understand the lived experiences of the female ex-offender and find ways to correct the deficiencies they face. Keywords: female ex-offenders, recidivism, transitional housing after incarceration, and interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA)

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