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Linehan, Sally A and Duffy, Dearbhla M and Wright, Brenda and Curtin, Katherine and Monks, Stephen and Kennedy, Harry G (2005) Psychiatric morbidity in a cross sectional sample of male remanded prisoners. Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine , 22 , (4) , pp. 128-132.

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The aim of this research was to estimate the psychiatric service requirements for the remand population. We interviewed 232 (42.6%) men, a rep-resentative sample of men on remand, using the SADS-L, SODQ and a structured demographic interview. We found high rates of psychiatric morbidity in our sample. The six month prevalence of psychosis was 7.6%, almost twice the rate in a recent international meta-analysis. Major depressive disorder was present in 10.1% (six month prevalence). Substance misuse problems were also common but there was no significant difference between rates of substance misuse in psychotic and non-psychotic prisoners. A total of 31.2% had a lifetime history of any mental illness (excluding substance misuse, adjustment disorder and personality disorder). The high levels of psychiatric morbidity detected in our sample indicate a substantial unmet need for mental health services and addiction treatment services for the mentally ill in Irish prisons.

Item Type:Article
Call No:MO4.12, GA2.4
Page Range:pp. 128-132
Publisher:Medmedia Group
Keywords:health services need, Ireland, mental health, prison, prison-based health service
Notes:Reproduced by kind permission of Medmedia Group
Accession Number:HRB 3123 (Electronic Only)
Subjects:G Health and disease > State of health > Mental health
T Demographic characteristics > Man (men / male)
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland
T Demographic characteristics > Prison Inmate (prisoner)
G Health and disease > Substance related disorder > Substance related mental disorder

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