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Psychiatric disorders and criminal history in male prisoners in Greece

Alevizopoulos, G; Igoumenou, A; (2016) Psychiatric disorders and criminal history in male prisoners in Greece. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry , 47 pp. 171-175. 10.1016/j.ijlp.2016.04.003. Green open access

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Abstract

Objectives: Τo explore the psychopathology of the Greek male prisoner population and the relationship between psychiatric disorders and the criminal history of the subjects. Methods: The Iowa Structured Psychiatric Interview and the Personality Disorders Questionnaire were administered. The prevalence of the most common mental disorders was analyzed separately and in relation to the criminal history. SPSS was used for the statistical analysis. Results A total of 495 male prisoners were interviewed. Overall, 223 (45.06%) were diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder. Non-violent crimes were the most prevalent reason for imprisonment (40.7%). One-third (30.3%) of the sample was convicted with drug-related crimes, and 28.0% with violent crimes. Discussion: The prevalence of mental disorders in Greek prisoners was higher than in the general population. Personality disorder was the most common type of mental disorder and the only psychiatric diagnosis related to violent crime. This highlights the need for screening for mental disorders and the need for therapeutic provision within the prison setting.

Type: Article
Title: Psychiatric disorders and criminal history in male prisoners in Greece
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijlp.2016.04.003
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijlp.2016.04.003
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Psychiatry; Prisons; Mental health; Violent crimes
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Division of Psychiatry
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10058185
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