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ERIC Number: EJ798128
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 76
ISSN: ISSN-0011-1287
Damaged Goods: Exploring Predictors of Distress in Prison Inmates
Hochstetler, Andy; Murphy, Daniel S.; Simons, Ronald L.
Crime & Delinquency, v50 n3 p436-457 2004
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. (Contains 2 figures, 3 tables and 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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