Damaged Goods: Exploring Predictors of Distress in Prison Inmates

ASU Author/Contributor (non-ASU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Daniel S. Murphy Ph.D., Professor Emeritus (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
Web Site: https://library.appstate.edu/

Abstract: Victimization is a significant part of the incarceration experience. In this study, we assessed the effects of victimization while incarcerated and pre-existing conditions on prisoners’ distress. Data are drawn from surveys administered to 208 men recently released from prison. Using path analysis, we examined the direct effects of victimization and the direct and indirect effects, via victimization, of preprison characteristics and other control variables on distress (symptoms of post-traumatic stress [PTS] and depression). Findings reveal that victimization in prison significantly predicts the occurrence of PTS symptoms and depressive symptoms. Previous trauma, self-control, and race also have direct effects, and previous trauma and race have indirect effects on PTS and depressive symptoms.

Additional Information

Hochstetler, Andrew L., Daniel S. Murphy, and Ronald L. Simons. (2004) “Damaged Goods: Exploring Predictors of Distress in Prison Inmates.” Crime & Delinquency, Vol. 50, No. 3, 436-457 (ISSN: 0011-1287) SAGE - DOI: 10.1177/0011128703257198
Language: English
Date: 2004
mental health, stress, prison

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