Acting Out: Maladaptive Behavior in Confinement / Edition 1

Acting Out: Maladaptive Behavior in Confinement / Edition 1

by Hans Toch
     
 

Acting Out examines the prison careers of the most problematic group of inmates-those who appear to sabotage their own rehabilitation by repeated displays of violence, disruptiveness, or otherwise self-defeating behavior. A particular challenge with these prisoners is determining the extent to which their problem behavior is a result of mental illness, as opposed

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Acting Out examines the prison careers of the most problematic group of inmates-those who appear to sabotage their own rehabilitation by repeated displays of violence, disruptiveness, or otherwise self-defeating behavior. A particular challenge with these prisoners is determining the extent to which their problem behavior is a result of mental illness, as opposed to purely "characterological" defects. Author Hans Toch calls this the "bad versus mad" distinction. Clearly, these two alternatives demand different kinds of responses by prison staff, yet they are often hard to disentangle. As in his previous books focusing on the criminal justice system, Hans Toch brings his subject alive by unearthing rich source material. Here, he uses disciplinary records and mental health exams to reconstruct the careers of chronic offenders. His ability to find common threads in their behavior results in a fascinating analysis of the events that precipitate the prisoners' "acting out." Furthermore, his research findings inform a model intervention that holds real promise for disrupting the cycle of self-defeating and maladaptive behaviors. "Acting Out" is a newly revised edition of Toch's earlier work "Coping" and is essential reading for all who are interested in the rehabilitation of chronic recidivists.

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ISBN-13:
9781557988805
Publisher:
American Psychological Association
Publication date:
01/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
446
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1Introduction: Studying Maladaptive Behavior in Confinement3
Pt. IAggregate Patterns31
Ch. 2Data Collection and Analysis33
Ch. 3Patterns of Prison Misbehavior53
Ch. 4Patterns of Pathology81
Ch. 5Disturbed-Disruptive Patterns99
Pt. IIIndividual Patterns121
Ch. 6A Taxonomy of Maladaptation123
Ch. 7Gratifying Impulses145
Ch. 8Enhancing Esteem171
Ch. 9Pursuing Autonomy201
Ch. 10Seeking Refuge229
Ch. 11Maintaining Sanity255
Ch. 12Distribution of Patterns291
Ch. 13Success Stories299
Pt. IIIWhat Have We Learned and what Must We Do?337
Ch. 14Some Implications of Our Study339
Ch. 15The Prison Careers of Mentally Ill Women363
Ch. 16Building Coping Competence387
Index431
About the Authors445

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