This course is based upon material published in the journal Criminal Justice and Behavior by Sage Publications on behalf of the International Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology (IACFP). This course, including the continuing education credits are offered free of charge as a benefit to all IACFP members.
Abstract: This study examines the relationship between behavioral health problems and criminogenic thinking, aggression, self-control, and hopelessness, controlling for other demographic and criminal behavior characteristics among incarcerated persons. Male (n=3986) and female (n=218) inmates expected to be released within 24 months from prisons affiliated with a northeastern state department of corrections completed the Criminal Sentiments Scale-Modified, Buss-Perry Aggression Questionnaire Short-Form, Brief Self-Control Scale, and Beck Hopelessness Scale. Results indicated that behavioral health variables were significantly and substantially correlated with antisocial thinking, aggression, self-control, and hopelessness. For male inmates, serious mental illness and substance abuse problems significantly increased antisocial attitudes, aggression, and hopelessness scores and decreased self-control scores. In preparing incarcerated persons with and without mental illnesses for reentry to the community, it is critical to develop and implement evidence-based interventions that respond to attitudinal and emotional risk factors that predict relapse and recidivism.
Forensic and clinical psychologists can benefit from this course. In addition, this course is appropriate for social workers and professional counselors, especially those interested in forensic psychology or those who work within the criminal justice system. This course is appropriate for intermediate and advanced level practitioners who wish to enhance their knowledge of the attitudes and emotions of inmates as well as learn more about prisoners with mental illness.
Authors: Wolff, Morgan and Shi
Learning Objectives: This course will provide the practitioner with detailed information regarding attitudes and emotions in prison inmates. Specifically, a professional will:
· Identify which behavioral health variables are correlated with antisocial thinking and aggression.
· Identify the differences between seriously mentally ill inmates and other inmates with regards to self-control and hopelessness.
· Describe attitudinal and emotional risk factors that predict relapse and recidivism.
Citation: Wolff, Morgan and Shi. (2013). Comparative analysis of attitudes and emotions among inmates: Does mental illness matter? Criminal Justice and Behavior. V40(10).