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Kelly, Janice (2006) Self-harm amongst female offenders in custody: lessons from the literature. Irish Probation Journal , 3 , (1) , pp. 72-84.

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The prison population is extremely vulnerable to committing acts of self-harm and female prisoners are more likely to self-harm than their male counterparts. The National Suicide Research Foundation (2004) recorded that 22.2% of the cases of self-harm that occurred in Irish prisons in 2002 involved females, even though women comprised only 3.1% of the total prison population. This article examines international research and trends to consider why self-harm is so prevalent amongst female prisoners, how self-harm can be prevented and what the best response is to those who self-harm.


Item Type:Article
Date:2006
Page Range:pp. 72-84
Publisher:The Probation Service & Probation Board for Northern Ireland
Volume:3
Number:1
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Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
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Subjects:J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health related prevention > Health information and education > Suicide prevention
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland
VA Geographic area > Europe > Northern Ireland
T Demographic characteristics > Offender
F Concepts in psychology > Specific attitude and behaviour > self-destructive behaviour
T Demographic characteristics > Woman (women / female)
F Concepts in psychology > Specific attitude and behaviour > self-destructive behaviour > suicidal behaviour / suicide

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