Degree Type


Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science


Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering


Industrial Technology

First Advisor

Nir Keren

Second Advisor

Warren Franke


Little attention has been devoted to the significant amount of stress under which jailer or referred to in this document correctional officer’s work. A limited number of studies address stress in correctional; moreover, a literature review failed to identify the relationship between stress in correctional officers and career-related decisions. The purpose of the study was to identify relationships between perceived life and occupational stress and the utility of stress in career-related decision making. A stress questionnaire that included life and work-related stress instruments along with a simulation of career decision tasks was distributed to frontline county correctional officers within the state of Iowa. Results indicated life and occupational stress did not play a significant role in decision making for correctional officers who completed the decision-making task. Similarly, the utility of stress was not significantly different from that of other decision dimensions.

A focus group questionnaire was developed to augment the results from the study. This focus group session will help delve into the relationships between stress and decision making in future research.

Copyright Owner

Laura Kim



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78 pages