This researcher intends to investigate the effects of life experiences on a person’s behavior.Specifically, the study shall focus on the effects of incarceration or imprisonment on a person’s behavior. Using qualitative research methods, the study shall look into the different aspects of one’s behavior being affected by incarceration. The following sections present materials that are relevant to the present study. These documents are derived from published books and journals, many of which were available online.
Bui, H. & Morash, M. (2010). The impact of network relationships, prison experiences, and internal transformation on women’s success after prison release. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 49, pp. 1-22. doi 10.1080/1050967090343581.
In this study, 20 former women inmates who were paroled, were interviewed about their life experiences before incarceration, during, and after their release. The focus of the study was on the effects of the women’s relationships on social networks. This study is relevant because it shows positive activities during the period of incarceration in the form of social networks. Since my study looks into the effect of life experiences on a person’s behavior, the women’s description about their relationships through social networks are very much relevant. The ways on how the women interact with these persons even when they are in prison would certainly contribute to a better understanding about the topic.
Camp, S.D. & Gaes, G.G. (2005). Criminogenic effects of the prison environment on inmate behavior: Some experimental evidence. Crime and Delinquency, 51(3), pp.425-442.
This is an experimental study that seeks to identify whether the level of incarceration would affect the tendencies of inmates to commit misconduct. There were 561 inmates in the study and half of them were sent to the lowest security level prison and the other half to the second highest security level prison in California. Results showed that inmates tend to commit misconduct regardless of their prison levels. This is relevant to my study because environment may also contribute to the kind of behavior that a person displays in his life. Since this is an experiment, the control group, the different variables and the effects of the intervention were clearly described and measured.
DeRosia, V. R. (1998). Living Inside Prison Walls. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers.
Jung, H. (2011 ). Increase in the length of incarceration and the subsequent labor market outcomes: Evidence from men released from Illinois State Prisons. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 30 (3), pp. 499-533.
This study compared the earnings and employment of former inmates of the State Prisons in Illinois whose sentence were less than four years. The researcher claims that a person with a longer prison sentence would have a hard time in his/her re-entry into society as a productive citizen. However, the results show that there is a positive correlation between length of incarceration and employment earnings. This study is relevant because the economic aspect of one’s life and his/her capacity to earn an income would be affected by prison life. My study looks into the effects of prison on a person’s behavior therefore the experience of these former inmates can provide information on the kind of data that should be collected pertaining to the economic aspects.
Ripley, P. (1997). Prison education’s role in challenging offending behavior, Mendip Papers 047.
This paper discusses the positive effects of prison education. Emphasis is placed on the benefits of prison educators having knowledge of general theories about crime so that they can better assist in educating the prisoners. This document is relevant because it provides insight about the interventions provided by prison staff.
Shulman, E.P. & Cauffman, E. (2011). Coping while incarcerated: A study of male juvenile offenders. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 21 (4), pp. 818-826.
There are different ways by which one reacts to incarceration. This study focused on the coping efforts of adolescents and their psychological and behavioral adjustments when they experience imprisonment. The sample was 373 juvenile offenders who are between 14 and 17 years old. The results of the statistical analysis showed that respondents tend to favor active coping, seeking of social support, self-distraction, and acceptance instead of denial over their situation. This paper is relevant to my research because of the age of the respondents. The effect of incarceration on adolescents or juvenile delinquents would provide additional perspective on my study. This study can provide additional support to the variables I intend to include in my study, among which are age and gender.
Tartaro, C. & Levy, M. (2010). The impact of jail environment on inmate suicide. American Jails, 24(1) pp. 48-55.
Suicide is a serious incident that is a result of many different factors. When this occurs in jails, an inmate’s behavior is often studied to identify if there were indicators or suicidal tendencies. In this study, the variable jail environment was investigated if it has an effect on an inmate’s tendency to take his/her own life. Results of the quantitative analysis showed that there is an association between less institutional living environments and lower suicide rates of inmates. This study is relevant to my research because one’s living environment would affect how a person copes with his/her new status (being imprisoned). The findings provide several conditions in jails with higher or lower suicide rates. A brief discussion about behavior of inmates is likewise provided in this document.
Zamble, E. & Porporino, F.J. (1988). Coping, Behavior, and Adaptation in Prison Inmates. USA: Springer-Verlag.
This study has been cited in many different papers about prison and behavior conducted after 1998. This work has been considered as one of the most comprehensive and meticulous study about the effects of imprisonment. In this document, the results of interviews, responses to questionnaires, and assessment of institutional records were used to generate the overall findings. The study was conducted for a period of 16 months wherein the behavior of 133 male prisoners at different Canadian institutions were followed very closely. The inmates provided information on how their lives were dominated by the effects of imprisonment. One of the findings was that there is a link between maladaptive behaviors and deficits in the ability to cope. This study is relevant to my work because it provides actual experiences of inmates before and during incarceration. This study gives me a clearer understanding about different factors that would affect the behavior of a person who has been incarcerated. This document therefore contributes to my study by supporting the list of variables that I intend to analyze in my own study.