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L.C. Porter and M. Novisky (2016)

Pathways to Depressive Symptoms among Former Inmates

Justice Quarterly, 34(5):847-872.

Drawing on data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health), we examine the association between incarceration and depressive symptoms among a sample of 13,131 young adults. We find that a history of incarceration is associated with a higher expected rate of depressive symptoms and that this relationship operates most strongly through material hardship. We find no differences in the main effect of incarceration across groups, but we find that the role of certain mediating variables may vary, with marital and employment status being a stronger mediator for males than females, and marriage being a stronger mediator for whites compared to blacks and Hispanics. Our results suggest that incarceration constitutes a potent stressor, but that the pathways to depressive symptoms may differ.

Social and Economic Inequality, Porter, Inmates, Mental Health
race, sex, incarceration, depressive symptoms
Published online: Sep 14, 2016

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