The Impact of Criminal Justice Contact on Mental Health (1 CE)
This course is for: Clinical Psychologists, Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Nurses
Course By: Julie Laken Harnisher, Ph.D.
Content By: Sugie, N.F., & Turney, K. (2017). Beyond incarceration: Criminal justice contact and mental health. American Sociological Review, 82(4), 719-743.
Course Description: It is well documented that incarceration can have a negative impact on mental health functioning. Less is known about the impact of other forms of criminal justice contact. Empirical data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997 were analyzed to assess the impact of arrest, conviction and incarceration on mental health. Resultant statistical analyses revealed that arrest was negatively associated with mental health. Similarities in associations across race and ethnicity combined with disparities in contact suggest that criminal justice contact exacerbates minority health inequalities. The results indicate that the mental health consequences of criminal justice contact are greater than previously thought.
- Articulate why a study of the impact of criminal justice contact on mental health was necessary in consideration of the state of the literature
- Analyze the data and the concomitant results
- Appraise the four main study conclusions in consideration of the resultant statistical findings
- Integrate the three discussed study limitations with the identified study findings and the areas suggested for future research
- Read and understand Beyond incarceration: Criminal justice contact and mental health
- Read the Course Description and Learning Objectives
- Understand the relationship between criminal justice contact and mental health
- Work through the post-test questions; answer selections should be derived from the accompanying article
- Return to the referenced article for any missed questions and/or to further understand the impact of criminal justice contact on mental health