Date of Award

5-2009

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Field of Study

Clinical Research Management

Department

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

First Advisor

Dr. Roberto Cardarelli

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to highlight the magnitude and severity of mental health pathology in the Tarrant County Treatment Alternatives to Incarceration Program (TC-TAIP) probationer population and its significant associations with substance use and criminality.

The results of this study report a heavy presence of current, symptomatic mental health pathology that is associated with increased criminality. The relationship between mental health pathology and probationer criminality was mediated by substance use.

This study concludes that TC-TAIP screening and referral practices must include comprehensive mental health screenings to make appropriate, individualized assessment/treatment referrals for probationers.

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