Mental health and Probation: a systematic review of the literature

Brooker, Charlie, Sirdifield, Coral and Marples, Rebecca (2019) Mental health and Probation: a systematic review of the literature. Forensic Science International: Mind and Law . ISSN 2666-3538

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fsiml.2019.100003

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Abstract

A narrative systematic review was undertaken of the literature concerning the health of
people on probation. In this paper, we provide an up-to-date summary of what is
known about the most effective ways of providing mental healthcare for people on
probation, and what is known about the relationship between different systems and
processes of mental healthcare provision, and good mental health outcomes for this
population. A total of 5125 papers were identified in the initial electronic searches but
after careful double-blind review only four papers related to mental health that met our
criteria, although a further 24 background papers and 13 items of grey literature were
identified which are reported. None of the included studies was a randomized
controlled trial although one was quasi-experimental. Two of the other papers
described mental health disorders in approved premises and the other described the
impact and learning from an Offender Personality Disorder project. We conclude that
the literature is bereft of evidence on how to effectively provide mental healthcare for
people on probation.

Keywords:mental health, probation, health, criminal justice
Subjects:L Social studies > L431 Health Policy
L Social studies > L560 Probation/After Care
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
ID Code:38949
Deposited On:10 Dec 2019 11:36

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