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Title: Problem of Co-Occurring Disorders Among Jail Detainees
Journal: Law and Human Behavior  Volume:14  Issue:4  Dated:(August 1990)  Pages:333-345
Author(s): K M Abram
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 13
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD 20852
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: MH37988 87-IJ-CX-0033
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper documents the degree and pattern of overlap of antisocial disorder, alcoholism, drug use disorders, and major depression among 688 randomly selected male jail detainees.
Abstract: Diagnostic assessments were made using the NIMH Diagnostic Interview Schedule. Data indicate that multiple disorders are a serious problem among male detainees. Detainees were more likely to have two or three disorders than to have a single disorder. Of detainees, 44 percent had a lifetime prevalence of 2 or more of these syndromes. Few subjects with multiple disorders were found to have primary, or initial onset of, substance abuse disorders or primary depression. Rather, antisocial disorder predominated as the primary syndrome in diagnostic profiles. The preponderance of antisocial disorder among codisordered detainees is disturbing because it is a poor prognostic indicator. Implications for substance abuse intervention, treatment of depression, and intervention with antisocial personality disorder among detainees are discussed. 2 tables and 60 references (Author abstract)
Main Term(s): Mental disorders
Index Term(s): Deviance; Drug abuse; Inmate health; Pretrial detention
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