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Dorman, Arthur and Hardimann, Eamonn and Freyne, Aideen and O'Neill, Helen and O'Connor, Aideen (1993) Psychiatric morbidity in sentenced segregated HIV positive prisoners. British Journal of Psychiatry, 163, pp. 802-805.

In this comparative study with a control group of prisoners, psychiatric morbidity was measured in two groups of sentenced prisoners, each group completing the GHQ-30 and 21-item Beck Depression Inventory (BDI). Group 1 consisted of 40 segregated HIV-positive prisoners and group 2 a matched control group in the main prison who had no history of HIV seropositivity. All members of group 1 had a history of intravenous drug abuse. The mean GHQ-30 and BDI scores were significantly higher in group 1, and 90% of group 1 were psychiatric 'cases' compared with just over 42% of group 2. Levels of psychiatric morbidity present in a third group, consisting of HIV-positive prisoners who had not been segregated (prison authorities were unaware of their seropositivity) are an interesting pointer for further research.

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Irish-related, Article
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December 1993
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pp. 802-805
Royal College of Psychiatrists

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