Master of Arts in Criminal Justice
Richard McCorkle, Committee Chair
First Committee Member
Second Committee Member
Graduate Faculty Representative
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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.
Aggression; Anxiety; Co-occurring; Inmates; Mental illness; TBI
Criminology and Criminal Justice | Psychology
Sullivan, Stephanie Leigh, "Mental illness, co-occurring factors and aggression as examined in an American prison" (2009). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 55.