Sociology Colloquium Series
Timothy Edgemon, a doctoral student in UGA's Department of Sociology will be presenting his talk on "Mental Health and Punishment: Exploring How Contact with the Criminal Justice System Impacts Mental Health."
Abstract: Research on incarceration and mental health has tended to focus exclusively on men in prison. However, previous research indicates that women experience prison differently than do men. Thus, it is important to examine how prisons impact women’s mental health. To this end, I use national data on 1,490 incarcerated women and the 60 state prisons in which they reside to examine how prison conditions are associated with mental health symptoms, net of individual-level factors. Hierarchal Linear Models indicate that prison factors such as overcrowding and the availability of work assignments are not significantly related to depression or hostility. However, the proportion of inmates who did not receive visits from their children in the last month was positively associated with both depression and hostility. In addition, inmates reported higher levels of hostility when the prison did not allow television. Consonant with previous research, these results suggests the importance that visitation plays on incarcerated women’s well-being. This has important implications for future research that attempts to understand the mechanisms through which prison deprivations are linked to incarcerated women’s mental health.
Friday, October 11 at 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Zell B. Miller Learning Center, 213
48 Baxter Street, Athens, GA 30602