Date of Award

7-24-2009

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Clinical Psychology (MSCP)

Committee Chair

Genevieve L. Y. Arnaut, Psy.D., Ph.D.

Abstract

The number of female inmates is growing at alarming rates, yet research on this population is extremely limited. Even more limited is research regarding relational aggression among female inmates. In the current study, prevalence and characteristics of relational aggression among female inmates were assessed in a survey. Inmates were classified into one of four categories: pure aggressor, aggressor/victim, pure victim, and not-involved. Results indicated that 93.6% of inmates had either experienced relational aggression, perpetrated relational aggression, or both. These findings hold implications for increased awareness of the prevalence, characteristics, and consequences of relational aggression in prison. Further research on this topic is imperative for the safety and wellbeing of inmates.

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