Trauma and Dissociation in Convicted Offenders: Gender, Science, and Treatment Issues

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Better understand the men and women most affected by trauma in our society Convicted offenders quite often are found to have a history of trauma. Trauma and Dissociation in Convicted Offenders: Gender, Science, and Treatment Issues provides a comprehensive look at the connection between complex trauma and the likelihood of being a convicted offender. This unique text focuses on what factors increase the likelihood of being a convicted offender, and what treatment possibilities lay ahead for these individuals. Substance abuse, childhood sexual abuse, and other traumatic experiences and their links to incarcerated men and women are discussed in detail. Interventions and research within the corrections system are examined, with recommendations on how to better serve this population. Trauma and Dissociation in Convicted Offenders: Gender, Science, and Treatment Issues takes a reasoned stand on women and men in prison, understanding that while they are being punished for breaking the law, they also are survivors of trauma whose dysfunctions underscore the need for greater understanding and more research. This valuable source presents the most current research results while providing a clear view on important future directions of study and focus. Each chapter of this insightful resource is extensively referenced and many have tables to clearly present data. Topics in Trauma and Dissociation in Convicted Offenders: Gender, Science, and Treatment Issues include:
• the relationship between post-traumatic stress and lifetime substance abuse among incarcerated women
• research on women inmates with HIV sexual risk and hazardous drinking behavior
• study on the link between trauma and women domestic violence offenders
• dissociation and memory in sex abusers
• the 're-criminalization' of mental illness
• the effectiveness of group therapy for incarcerated women survivors of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) challenges, ethical issues, and be

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: This book describes the prevalence and characteristics of convicted offenders who have been traumatized in childhood and/or adulthood, prior to being incarcerated. For the most part, it focuses on female prisoners. The book has been co-published simultaneously as Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, Volume 8, Number 2 2007.
Purpose: The editors note, "violent crimes, including homicide, sexual assault and robbery, were more prevalent among men and women reporting prior abuse (although these crimes were far more likely to have been committed by men than by women)." This book, therefore, "presents a multifaceted look at the individuals behind statistics such as these, with literature reviews, case studies, results of empirical studies, models for intervention, and issues for researchers and clinicians working within a correctional system with survivors of complex trauma who manifest with a myriad of post-traumatic and dissociative symptom pictures. "
Audience: Their primary goal is to "inform and educate readers engaged in research, therapy, education, and public policy about the 'pathways to prison.'" Dr. Quina, a professor of psychology and women's studies at the University of Rhode Island, has researched childhood trauma for over 30 years. Dr. Brown has published extensively on trauma and other topics.
Features: The authors explore topics such as the relationship of lifetime polysubstance dependence and trauma exposure, trauma among female inmates with HIV risk and alcohol use disorders, dissociation and memory, and effectiveness of time-limited therapy among incarcerated women survivors of childhood sexual abuse. The majority of the research presented is with females from prisons in the Northeast. The drawback of this book is that it only superficially addresses the topic, but in an edited book of only eight chapters, it is difficult to be thorough. The researchers describe their studies and present their results, in 20 pages or less. This book will whet the appetite but readers will have to look elsewhere for more information.
Assessment: This book addresses an important topic, but I would have liked a more thorough treatment. The editors and authors do a nice job of presenting research results in order to better understand convicted offenders who have been traumatized prior to their incarceration.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789033284
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Pages: 164
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathryn Quina, PhD, is a Professor and Behavioral Science Program Director at the University of Rhode Island. Her study interests include gender studies, HIV risk and sexual abuse, and research with incarcerated women

Laura S. Brown, PhD, is a clinical and forensic psychologist in private practice in Seattle, Washington. She is the founder of the Fremont Community Therapy Project, a low-fee psychotherapy training clinic.
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Table of Contents

  • Introduction (Kathryn Quina and Laura S. Brown)
  • The Relationship of Lifetime Polysubstance Dependence to Trauma Exposure, Symptomatology, and Psychosocial Functioning in Incarcerated Women with Comorbid PTSD and Substance Use Disorder (Dawn M. Salgado, Kristen J. Quinlan, and Caron Zlotnick)
  • Levels of Trauma Among Women Inmates with HIV Risk and Alcohol Use Disorders: Behavioral and Emotional Impacts (Megan R. Hebert, Jennifer S. Rose, Cynthia Rosengard, and Michael D. Stein)
  • Women Domestic Violence Offenders: Lessons of Violence and Survival (Cindy L. Seamans, Linda J. Rubin, and Sally D. Stabb)
  • Dissociation and Memory for Perpetration Among Convicted Sex Offenders (Kathryn Becker-Blease and Jennifer J. Freyd)
  • Traumatized Offenders: Don’t Look Now, But Your Jail’s Also Your Mental Health Center (Philip J. Kinsler and Anna Saxman)
  • Developing and Assessing Effectiveness of a Time-Limited Therapy Group for Incarcerated Women Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse (Kimberly L. Cole, Pamela Sarlund-Heinrich, and Laura S. Brown)
  • Through the Bullet-Proof Glass: Conducting Research in Prison Settings (Kathryn Quina, Ann Varna Garis, John Stevenson, Maria Garrido, Jody Brown, Roberta Richman, Jeffrey Renzi, Judith Fox, and Kimberly Mitchell)
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included
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