The Experiences of Prostitution Court Participants and Social Bond Theory



Houston, Paul X II

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Prostitution Diversion Programs are amongst the least prevalent and under-studied types of problem-solving courts in the United States. This has subsequently led to a knowledge gap in the understanding of prostitution court participants, how they perceive the program, and what factors participants believe aid in their success. This study analyzes interview transcripts from seven prostitution court participants in two courts within Baltimore and Philadelphia. I first identify how the components of Social Bond Theory (SBT) appear in the lives of these participants and then use these components to explain how prostitution court participants interpret their experiences in treatment. The components of attachment, commitment, and involvement are discussed in the findings and the theoretical/practical implications are acknowledged.



Prostitution courts, Problem-solving courts, Social bond theory, Prostitution court participants