Solitary Confinement And Mental Illness

1279 WordsOct 18, 20156 Pages
Does Solitary Confinement Contribute to Mental Illness in Inmates? Introduction This section of the paper consists of three main parts. First, the research questions that will be addressed, the expected hypotheses and an identification of independent and dependent variables. Second, the supporting literature for the hypotheses is discussed. Third, a conceptualization (definition) and operationalization (measurement) of each independent and dependent variable. Research Questions • Does solitary confinement result in negative psychological effects for inmates? • Does solitary confinement affect those inmates who have been diagnosed as mentally ill prior to entering solitary confinement differently than those not diagnosed as mentally ill? • Do the psychological effects of solitary confinement vary by length of confinement? Hypotheses • Solitary confinement does result in negative psychological effects in inmates. • Solitary confinement does affect those inmates who have been diagnosed as mentally ill prior to entering solitary confinement differently than those who have never been diagnosed as mentally ill. • The psychological effects of solitary confinement vary by length of confinement. Variables For the first hypothesis, the independent variable is being placed in solitary confinement and the dependent variable is experiencing negative psychological effects. For the second hypothesis, there are two independent variables working together; having a prior mental
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