Suicide and probation: A systematic review of the literature

Sirdifield, Coral, Brooker, Charlie and Marples, Rebecca (2020) Suicide and probation: A systematic review of the literature. Forensic Science International: Mind and Law, 1 (100012). ISSN 2666-3538

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fsiml.2020.100012

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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 suicide and suicidal ideation and probation.
This includes estimates of prevalence and possible predictors of suicide and suicidal ideation. Searches
were conducted on nine databases from January 2000 to May 2017, key journals from 2000 to September 2017,
and the grey literature. A total of 5125 papers were identified in the initial electronic searches but after careful
double-blind review only one research paper related to this topic met our criteria, although a further 12 background
papers were identified which are reported. We conclude that people on probation are a very high risk
group for completed suicide, and factors associated with this include drug overdose, mental health problems, and
poor physical health. There is a clear need for high quality partnership working between probation and mental
health services, and investment in services, to support appropriate responses to suicide risk.

Keywords:probation, suicide, suicidal ideation, Systematic review, criminal justice system
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:40114
Deposited On:06 Mar 2020 14:23

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