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Mental disorders and request for psychiatric intervention in an Italian local jail

Zoccali, Rocco A. and Muscatello, Maria R. A. and Bruno, Antonio and Cambria, R. and Cavallaro, L. and D'Amico, G. and Isgrò, S. and Romeo, V. and Meduri, Mario (2008) Mental disorders and request for psychiatric intervention in an Italian local jail. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 31 (issue 5). pp. 447-450. ISSN 0160-2527


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The issue of the prevalence of psychiatric illnesses in Italian prison samples has not received the same attention paid at an international level. The aims of the present study were to evaluate the prevalence of psychiatric disorders diagnosed according to DSM-III-R criteria among an Italian prisoner population, and to examine prisoners' requests for psychiatric intervention in relationship to the presence or absence of different psychiatric disorders. One hundred fortytwo Italian male subjects from the Casa Circondariale of Messina, Italy, were evaluated using the Structured Clinical Interviewfor DSM-III-R Non-Patient Version —SCID I and SCID II. Avery high rate of disorders was found among inmates: 85.2% (n=121) of the sample were affected by a psychiatric disorder. Of the total sample, 51.4% (n=73) had requested psychiatric treatment during detention. The detection, diagnosis and treatment of the mentally ill prisoners is a primary goal for a better organization of services and prison settings; screening procedures for evaluating the presence of psychiatric disorders, with the aim to promote differential strategies for the care and rehabilitation of inmates, are needed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Prisoners Mental health Psychiatric disorders
Subjects: M.U.S. - Contributi Scientifici > 06 - Scienze mediche
Depositing User: Mr Nunzio Femminò
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2009
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2013 09:52

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