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Psychiatr Prax. 2009 Jul;36(5):219-24. doi: 10.1055/s-0028-1090217. Epub 2009 Apr 8.

[Prevalence of psychiatric disorders in prisoners with a short imprisonment: results from a prison in north Germany].

[Article in German]

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Klinik und Poliklinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie der Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität Greifswald am HANSE-Klinikum Stralsund, Stralsund. manuela.dudeck@uni-greifswald.de

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The aim of the study was to determine the prevalence of mental disorders among prisoners with a short prison term.

METHODS:

We investigated 102 participants with the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM Disorders (SCID I and II) and the Symptom Check List (SCL-90).

RESULTS:

We found a lifetime-prevalence of mental disorders (axis I) of 83 %. 80 % of the participants showed at least one personality disorder.

CONCLUSIONS:

These results indicate that short-term prisoners are a population which is highly troubled in a psychiatric sense and shows a need of treatment in prison.

PMID:
19358087
DOI:
10.1055/s-0028-1090217
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