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Social Support, Victimization, and Stress in a Women’s Prison: The Role of in-Prison Friendship for Reducing Perceptions of Stress

NCJ Number
307461
Journal
Women and Criminal Justice Dated: 2023
Date Published
2023
Annotation

This study evaluating whether in-prison friendships reduce incarcerated women’s perceptions of stress and buffer additional stress associated with violent prison victimization found that having greater in-prison friendship ties is associated with lower perceptions of prison stress.

Abstract

Drawing on social integration and support literature, this study evaluates whether having in-prison friendships reduces incarcerated women’s perceptions of stress and buffers the additional stress associated with violent prison victimization. Results indicate that experiencing violent victimization in prison substantially increases incarcerated women’s perceptions of stress while having greater in-prison friendship ties is associated with lower perceptions of prison stress. In addition, larger in-prison friendship networks substantially reduce the stress associated with women’s in-prison victimization, making friendships a vital resource for victimized women. The study uses network and survey data from a sample of 104 incarcerated women in a Pennsylvanian prison unit. (Published Abstract Provided)

Date Published: January 1, 2023