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Examining the Association between Co-Occurring Disorders and Seriousness of Misconduct by Female Prison Inmates

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Credit Value: 2
Exam Questions: 20
Passing Grade: 15 correct
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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: Although studies have consistently demonstrated mentally ill offenders to be disproportionately involved in institutional misconduct, research is limited on the potential exacerbating effects of co-occurring disorders on inmate behavior. With the vast number of offenders with comorbid psychiatric and substance use disorders, it is essential that we understand whether the clinically interactive nature of CODs may present increased security and management challenges for correctional administrators. Using data from the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, we compared the institutional misconduct experiences of female inmates with co-occurring disorders to those for inmates with singular disorders or no disorders. The findings of our study support prior research showing mental illness as a risk factor for prison misconduct. The results further suggested that the presence of both a substance use disorder and a mental illness exacerbates the risk of negative behaviors beyond the singular disorder of mental illness. 

 

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 co-occurring disorders and mental illness in female prison inmates.

 

Authors: Houser and Welsh

 

Learning Objectives: This course will provide the practitioner with detailed information regarding co-occurring disorders and female prison inmates.  Specifically, a professional will:

  • Identify disorder prevalence rates by gender.
  • Distinguish the risks of substance abuse disorders and mental illness on negative behavior in female prison inmates.
  • Describe the relationship between disorders and prison misconduct.

 

Citation:   Houser, K.A. and Welsh, W.  (2014).  Examining the association between co-occurring disorders and seriousness of misconduct by female prison inmates. Criminal Justice and Behavior Vol 41 No 5

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