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Author Toch, Hans.
Title Acting out : maladaptive behavior in confinement / Hans Toch and Kenneth Adams, with J. Douglas Grant.
Imprint Washington, DC : American Psychological Association, ©2002.


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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 446 pages)
Note Revised edition of: Coping, maladaptation in prisons. c1989.
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note Available only to authorized UTEP users.
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Subject Prisoners -- New York (State) -- Longitudinal studies.
Prisoners -- Mental health -- New York (State)
Prison psychology.
Adjustment (Psychology)
Deviant behavior.
Prisoners -- New York (States).
Longitudinal Studies.
Mental Health -- New York (State).
New York (State)
Genre Electronic Books.
Longitudinal studies.
Contents Preface -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction : Studying maladaptive behavior in confinement -- Part I : Aggregate patterns -- Data collection and analysis ; Patterns of prison misbehavior ; Patterns of pathology ; Disturbed-disruptive patterns -- Part II : Individual patterns -- Taxonomy of maladaptation ; Gratifying impulses ; Enhancing esteem ; Pursuing autonomy ; Seeking refuge ; Maintaining sanity ; Distribution of patterns ; Success stories -- Part III : What have we learned and what must we do? -- Some implications of our study ; Prison careers of mentally ill women ; Building coping competence.
Summary In this book, the authors combine a concern with personal destructiveness and an interest in mental health problems, and describe what they see as the overlap. Their focus is on the perspectives and motives of people who repetitively act out. This differs from more familiar research questions that have to do with violence propensities of patients diagnosed with a serious mental illness. The authors confined their study to descriptions of prison behavior of convicted offenders who have acted out in confinement settings. The book begins with a statistical section that describes comprehensive patterns of behavior incidents, moving from cross-sectional pictures to sequential ones and from unidimensional to multidimensional views. Next they examine detailed accounts of the behavior of prisoners over time, grouped in terms of the content of their behavior. Finally, they outline a regenerative enterprise that they believe uses some of their methods and findings. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2004 APA, all rights reserved).
Other Author Adams, Kenneth, 1953-
Grant, James Douglas, 1917-
Toch, Hans. Coping, maladaptation in prisons.
Print version: Toch, Hans. Acting out. Washington, DC : American Psychological Association, ©2002 1557988803