Additional Departmental Affiliation
The present study examined the impact a mental illness diagnosis has on parole eligibility mediated by the participants’ perceptions of whether the prospective parolee would commit future crimes if released. Participants watched a video vignette of an individual charged with second degree manslaughter and diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder, or bipolar disorder while incarcerated. Results indicated that a diagnosis of antisocial personality disorder indirectly reduced parole success compared to bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder when mediated by participants’ perceptions of whether the convict would recommit a crime following release.
Advisor(s) or Committee Chair
Christopher Peters, Ph.D.
Criminology | Psychology
Pedigo, Emily, "A Study Of Public Opinion: The Importance Of Mental Illness Diagnosis and Perceptions of Recidivism on Parole Eligibility" (2023). Mahurin Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects. Paper 995.