Inmates Likelihood of Engagement with Mental Health Resources
Madyson McKinney, Samantha Dwyer
In recent years, mental health has been a prevalent topic in society. One group greatly affected by mental health issues are prisoners, with the Bureau of Justice Statistics (2016) reporting that over half of all state prison inmates had a past or current history of mental health issues. Nonetheless, only a small percentage receive mental health services while in prison. One must wonder what may affect an inmate's likelihood of engagement with such services. To help determine this, we chose to look at the 2004 Survey of Inmates in State Correctional Facilities (SISCF). It was conducted for the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) and uses personal interviews conducted from October 2003 through May 2004 with inmates in both state and federal prisons. We focused on seven main dependent variables in relation to our independent variable of inmate participation in a self-help group. Specifically, we strongly focus on whether possession of an unauthorized substance impacts an inmate's likelihood of engagement with a mental help group.
Primary Advisor's Department
Criminal Justice and Security Studies
Stander Symposium, College of Arts and Sciences
Institutional Learning Goals
"Inmates Likelihood of Engagement with Mental Health Resources" (2023). Stander Symposium Projects. 3010.