Year of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Other Degree Name/Area of Focus
Department or School/College
Department of Sociology and Criminology
Dr. Mark Heirigs
Dr. James Tuttle, Dr. Meradeth Snow
mental health, social support, crime, institutional anomie
University of Montana
Criminology | Medicine and Health | Social Control, Law, Crime, and Deviance
Since the decline of mental health service funding and availability, the relationship between untreated (or improperly treated) serious mental illness and violent crime is increasingly critical to examine. Rooted in a social support and institutional anomie theory (IAT) perspective, the purpose of this quantitative study is to analyze the relationship between mental health service availability and violent crime rates across the United States for the year 2016. It was hypothesized that findings would suggest an inverse relationship between mental health service availability and rates of violent crime. Results revealed the opposite, however, indicating that the more psychiatric hospitals in an area, the more violent crime will exist. This analysis provides insights into the most up-to-date reporting on the nationwide availability of mental health services, and how this impacts the rate and severity of crime at the state level.
Pugmire, Tatianna. 2023. "Uncovering the Connection Between Mental Health Service Availability and Violent Crime: A Test of Macrolevel Theory." Master's thesis, Department of Sociology and Criminology, University of Montana.
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