9. Do you think that kids from an urban working class environment would have broken down emotionally in the same way as did our middle-class prisoners? Why? What about women?
An environment always has a strong impact on how a person acts. Their surrounds influences them to become who they are. If this experiment was done with kids from an urban working class environment I think they would act different from the middle-class prisoners. People that tend to grow up in a more urban environment tend to be more "tough". They are less sheltered by their parents and are exposed to a harsher reality. I feel that because they undergo rougher day to day living situations they would be able to cope with the jail environment better. Kids growing up in an urban environment are more likely to have gone to jail before 21 or are use to being harassed by police. These experiences would be similar to how the middle class prisoners were being treated by the jail guards. This should not be confused for meaning that they would not feel the same way the middle class prisoners did but only suggest that maybe they would have not mentally broken down as quickly. I think emotionally they would feel the same way but just last longer. Most of the middle class prisoners had never been to jail before or had any issues with law enforcement. They were never put in a situation like that before and it was a combination of a new environment, fear, and anger.