Date of Award
Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies
Overcrowded prisons are a growing problem in the United States. Currently, California prisons are over capacity 85%. Substance abuse increases the likelihood of criminality, for half of state prisoners admitted to being under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of their offense(s). A large portion of these individuals, once incarcerated, is also diagnosed with a mental illness. By researching dually diagnosed inmates who were participating in a 90-day in-custody treatment program, this study focuses on how negative family and school experiences become major contributors to adult mental and substance abuse disorders and criminality.
Gabriel, Christie Lynn, "The effects of negative childhood experiences on the severity of mental and substance abuse disorders and recidivism" (2009). Theses Digitization Project. 3558.