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Madness Behind Bars: An Application of General Strain Theory Using Prison as Place

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There are several types of strain that research has focused on when testing general strain theory (GST), few of which include more macro-level forms such as social environment. This study will look at symptoms of mental illness as a potential method of adaptation that can result from the inability of a prisoner to respond with behavioral, emotional or cognitive coping of a non-delinquent nature, as specified by GST. A restrictive prison environment would make reasonable adaptation difficult, leading to suppressed emotions, which can lead to the, and the development of symptoms of mental illness as a result of the inability to effectively cope. Research has found that there are direct and indirect effects of strain on crime, although GST only models strain as having an indirect effect through negative emotions on outcomes. The purpose of this study is to determine the extent to which GST can explain both the direct and indirect effects of strain on symptoms of mental illness in a nationally representative sample of incarcerated adults. Until the reasons behind why some individuals commit delinquent acts are understood, the frequency with which these acts are committed cannot be substantially reduced or eliminated.
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Stackman, Valerie. "Madness Behind Bars: An Application of General Strain Theory Using Prison as Place" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA, Nov 03, 2009 <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p379476_index.html>

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Stackman, V. , 2009-11-03 "Madness Behind Bars: An Application of General Strain Theory Using Prison as Place" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p379476_index.html

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Abstract: There are several types of strain that research has focused on when testing general strain theory (GST), few of which include more macro-level forms such as social environment. This study will look at symptoms of mental illness as a potential method of adaptation that can result from the inability of a prisoner to respond with behavioral, emotional or cognitive coping of a non-delinquent nature, as specified by GST. A restrictive prison environment would make reasonable adaptation difficult, leading to suppressed emotions, which can lead to the, and the development of symptoms of mental illness as a result of the inability to effectively cope. Research has found that there are direct and indirect effects of strain on crime, although GST only models strain as having an indirect effect through negative emotions on outcomes. The purpose of this study is to determine the extent to which GST can explain both the direct and indirect effects of strain on symptoms of mental illness in a nationally representative sample of incarcerated adults. Until the reasons behind why some individuals commit delinquent acts are understood, the frequency with which these acts are committed cannot be substantially reduced or eliminated.


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