CJ032 Perceptions of Social Support

Social supports can either be protective or risk factors. Social supports increase risk when they make substance use or criminal behavior “the norm” but are protective when they orient toward more socially acceptable relationships and behavior. The more protective factors a person has, the less likely he or she is to have negative outcomes because these protective factors insulate the person from risk factors. Increasing the number of socially positive interactions a person has can greatly improve a person’s ability to resist antisocial thoughts and behaviors.

Data Sources

Interviews of jail inmates completed by staff from The Recovery Center, Fairfield County ADAMH Board. The Center for State Courts provided analysis of the data as part of the Harold Rogers Prescription Drug Monitoring Grant received by the Fairfield County ADAMH Board, 2013-2016.


The jail population consisted of inmates who scored ≥4 on the Simple Screening Instrument, which indicated moderate to high risk for alcohol or drug abuse.  The privacy restrictions approved by the National Center for State Court’s Institutional Review Board were followed.  Limited demographics were collected to ensure anonymity.  The jail sample was primarily male (71%) and the age distribution was 18-24 (22%), 25-34 (40%), 35-44 (24%), 45-54 (10%), and 55 years or older (4%).