Wek 3 Discussion 1 Delilah Moore

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 toenter Veterans’ Treatment Court (VTC) made that decision. The purpose ofthis inquiry is to discover the barriers to treatment specific toveterans and how they can be overcome so that more veterans who qualifyto receive the extra help take advantage of the assistance available tothem.
  2. Existing research on the topic of VTC has relied on studies ofveterans admitted to diversion programs and the factors involved intheir decision-making. A gap in literature is that little is known,beyond speculation, about those veterans who declined a VTC program andtheir reasons for opting out. This qualitative study is interested inveterans with substance abuse-related offenses who chose traditionalcourt processing over more lenient, therapy-oriented VTC programs. Abetter understanding of why veterans would refuse a VTC program isimportant because it can highlight the obstacles to treatment thatveterans face. Once the obstacles are identified, strategies forovercoming them can be developed and implemented.
  3. A positionality memo is a way for researchers to reflect ontheir personal experiences and beliefs and reconcile those with theirresearch topic (Ravitch & Carl, 2016). There are a few positionalityissues that I noticed while writing my memo. First, my perspective ofthe phenomenon I am studying is limited in scope. My understanding ofmilitary veterans and their experiences in and out of service is notextensive and based primarily on what I have read in articles andwatched on documentaries. My personal research of this subject offersonly a glimpse of what the military lifestyle is like for those who liveit. I can only presume that my lack of firsthand experience in thisarena will be a significant barrier to fully understanding what I amattempting to study. Second, I have been negatively impacted by aveteran with a substance-abuse problem and I am aware that experiencehas 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 thatchoosing a military career is a personal choice, as is choosing toengage in criminal activity. Considering equal protection, why shouldveterans get preferential treatment in court processing? On the otherhand, my studies and job experience have made it clear to me thatpunishment alone does not produce success, as measured by recidivism.Treatment of underlying causes of drug abuse is necessary to preventfurther drug abuse. I will have to analyze my positionality further todetermine what biases exist, how they may impact my research, and whataspects of the inquiry I am missing.
  4. What factors contribute to a veteran offender’s decision to decline participation in a Veterans’ Treatment Court?


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

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