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NCJ Number: NCJ 241030     Find in a Library
Title: Brief Trauma and Mental Health Assessments for Female Offenders in Addiction Treatment
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Author(s): Grace A. Rowan-Szal ; George W. Joe ; Norma G. Bartholomew ; Jennifer Pankow ; D. Dwayne Simpson
  Journal: Journal of Offender Rehabilitation  Volume:51  Issue:1-2  Dated:January-March 2012  Pages:57 to 77
Date Published: 2012
Page Count: 21
  Annotation: This study examined concerns about gender-specific problems and needs severity for women in prison.
Abstract: Increasing numbers of women in prison raise concerns about gender-specific problems and needs severity. Female offenders report higher trauma as well as mental and medical health complications than males, but large inmate populations and limited resources create challenges in administering proper diagnostic screening and assessments. This study focuses on brief instruments that address specialized trauma and health problems, along with related psychosocial functioning. Women from two prison-based treatment programs for substance abuse were assessed (N = 1,397), including one facility for special needs and one for regular female offenders. Results affirmed that those admitted to the special-needs facility reported more posttraumatic stress symptoms, higher rates of psychological stress and previous hospitalizations, and more health issues than those in the regular treatment facility. Findings supporting use of these short forms and their applications as tools for monitoring needs, progress, and change over time are discussed. Abstract published by arrangement with Taylor and Francis.
Main Term(s): Female offenders
Index Term(s): Needs assessment ; Inmate health care ; Offender mental health services ; Inmate treatment
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute on Drug Abuse
United States of America
Grant Number: R37DA13093;R01DA025885
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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