A systematic review of research on the epidemiology of mental health disorders in prison populations: a summary of findings

Sirdifield, Coral, Gojkovic, Dina, Brooker, Charlie and Ferriter, Michael (2009) A systematic review of research on the epidemiology of mental health disorders in prison populations: a summary of findings. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, 20 (SUPPL.). S78-S101. ISSN 1478-9949

Full content URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14789940802594445

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Brooker et al. (2002) conducted a systematic review of research into the mental health of prisoners. Their final report included a review of the epidemiology of the prison population, an overview of the interventions used to treat the major mental health disorders in both the general and prison populations, and a review of service delivery and organisation for prisoners with mental health disorders. The review found a high prevalence of mental health disorders in prison populations, with up to 15 of prisoners having four or five co-existing mental disorders. This review has been updated, using the same methodology, to include literature dated from 2002 to August 2006. This paper presents findings from the epidemiology section of the updated review, which includes 18 new studies. The recent studies largely reflect the findings of earlier research. However, some studies in the updated review focus on countries where little of this type of research has previously been conducted. The prevalence of mental health disorders, suicide, and substance misuse remains high in prison populations around the world - demonstrating the need for suitable evidence-based interventions to address these issues. Future research should concentrate on mapping interventions available to prisoners and evaluating their effectiveness. © 2009 Taylor & Francis.

Additional Information:Published online March 28th 2009
Keywords:alcoholism, antisocial behavior, clinical trial, drug dependence, evidence based practice, health care delivery, human, mental disease, mood disorder, neurosis, paranoia, personality disorder, prevalence, priority journal, prisoner, psychosis, review, substance abuse, suicidal ideation, suicide attempt, systematic review
Subjects:B Subjects allied to Medicine > B760 Mental Health Nursing
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
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ID Code:9861
Deposited On:10 Jul 2013 11:19

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