Department

Psychology, Professional

Date of Paper/Work

Fall 9-27-2019

Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.)

Type of Paper/Work

Dissertation

Advisors

Bryana French

Abstract

Objective. Research reveals Indigenous People and People of Color are killed at disproportionately higher rates than White People. Implicit bias (attitudes and stereotypes affecting our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner) could play a large role in these disproportionate outcomes. Narrative Therapy, a theory that views problems as elements derived from dominant stories saturating someone’s life, has potential as an effective strategy in bias reduction by deconstructing dominant stories upholding implicit biases.

Narrative Therapy was used effectively with men who batter; thus, it might be useful with law enforcement agencies. Method. This dissertation created and evaluated a training manual incorporating narrative-based principles to aid in deconstructing implicit bias within law enforcement. The training manual was evaluated by four experts with experience in law enforcement, Narrative Therapy, and/or diversity trainings. Qualitative methods were used to analyze the evaluators’ feedback of the manual. Results. Evaluator responses centered around two main themes: Educational Content and Delivery Process. Strengths of the manual include its utility, and the delivery, clarity, and accuracy of the content. Limitations of the manual include concerns about time constraints, officer participation, and whether an intervention this brief could be effective in reducing potential long-standing biases. Overall, the results indicate this tool is much needed in law enforcement agencies and would be an effective attempt to help them address bias. Implications for manual modification and program implementation are addressed.

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