Award Date

2009

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Criminal Justice

Department

Criminal Justice

Advisor 1

Richard McCorkle, Committee Chair

First Committee Member

Deborah Shaffer

Second Committee Member

Timothy Hart

Graduate Faculty Representative

Andrew Spivak

Number of Pages

56

Abstract

This study examines the relationship between several factors which have been identified in previous research as co-occurring and risk relevant to aggressive behavior. Although many factors have been addressed independently for various reasons in other studies, this study looks at the unique combination of a select few of these variables and their relationship for propensity towards aggression. The results of this study show propensity towards aggression is significant for two specific mental health issues; anxiety, and history of severe head injury. Results also indicate that co-occurring factors are prevalent in this sample and those inmates with prior mental illness are likely to exhibit aggression. Significant correlations for co-occurring factors were also found. Inmates with co-occurring factors may benefit from more purposive treatment and risk assessment to identify and treat their aggressive behavior.

Keywords

Aggression; Anxiety; Co-occurring; Inmates; Mental illness; TBI

Disciplines

Criminology and Criminal Justice | Psychology

Language

English


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