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NCJ Number: 122891 Find in a Library
Title: Therapy with Women in Jail: A Manual for the Mental Health Worker
Author(s): H P Ackerman
Corporate Author: American Correctional Health Services Assoc
United States of America
Date Published: 1987
Page Count: 59
Sponsoring Agency: American Correctional Health Services Assoc
Dayton, OH 45401
Type: Training (Handbook/Manual)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This manual provides guidelines for mental health professionals working with jailed women.
Abstract: A review of literature and research on jails found no references to psychological interventions with women in jail. Research has been devoted almost exclusively to men in State and Federal prisons and male juvenile delinquents. It is expected that as female crime continues to rise, greater attention will be focused on jail facilities and services. Many female detainees in jail reveal a history of both mental disturbance and incarceration with repeated jailings. For a number of those who are socially marginal and lack a resource and support network, jail may be the first time they are exposed to any sort of mental health case management. Aims of the mental health provider in the jail include lessening tension and anxiety, increasing feelings of self worth, and improving communication skills. It is anticipated that this exposure will provide the stimulus for further treatment outside of the jail setting through various mental health agencies and providers. Bibliography, appendix.
Main Term(s): Female inmates; Mental health services; Offender mental health services
Index Term(s): Psychiatric services
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