Scientia 2007: Christina Evonne Poulos

Christina Evonne Poulos is receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice and minors in Comprehensive Social Sciences, Business and Forensic Accounting. She is a member of Delta Epsilon Sigma, the National Scholastic Honor Society, Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society and Kappa Gamma Pi, the National Catholic College Graduate Honor Society and is the Vice President of the Criminal Justice Club. She has also been involved with Volunteers in Action, Support Our Troops, and the American Red Cross. Christina has presented research at the 2007 Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Justice Educators Conference. She chose to pursue a Citation in Honors to challenge herself academically, enhance her undergraduate experience and expand her course of study. Christina plans to pursue her Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice in the fall through Marywood University’s five-year program. Christina would like to thank her advisor and thesis director, Dr. Broughton, for his expertise and editing skills; her reader, Mr. Marcinek, for his perspective, support and encouragement; and Christina Elvidge for her guidance and editing skills. Finally, Christina would like to thank her mom, dad and sisters for their endless love and support as well as her friends.

A Comparative Study Of White-Collar and Blue-Collar Criminals in American Jails

Director: Dr. Walter Broughton
Reader: Mr. George Marcinek


The present study compares white and blue-collar criminals in the hopes of better understanding white-collar criminals. White-collar crime includes fraud, embezzlement, money laundering, bribery and forgery while blue-collar crime includes robbery, burglary, theft, assault and substance abuse. Many criminological theories exist that attempt to explain why individuals engage in criminal activity. Such theories include Sutherland’s differential association, Gottfredson and Hirschi’s low self-control theory, and Sampson and Laub’s age-graded theory of informal social control. The Survey of Inmates in Local Jails from 2002, with a sample of 6,982 completed inmate interviews, will be used as the data set. Any similarities between these two types of offenders will be discovered by analyzing the independent variable of white and bluecollar crime with the dependent variables. The dependent variables include such groups as socio-economic, delinquent friends, arrest, and a compilation of contemporary variables such as ever been admitted to a mental facility and ever considered suicide. This study will also include implications for future study and researchers.

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