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NCJ Number: 139868 Find in a Library
Title: Background Risk Factors Associated With Parasuicide Among Male Prison Inmates
Journal: Criminal Justice and Behavior  Volume:19  Issue:4  Dated:(December 1992)  Pages:426-436
Author(s): A Ivanoff
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 11
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Selected factors of state prison inmates' preincarceration background that were associated with the probability of parasuicide were identified in a stratified random sample within the New York State prison system of 123 male inmates with and without histories of parasuicide.
Abstract: Three domains that theoretically have been linked to parasuicide were examined: problem histories, maladaptive social network members or models, and life events. Inmate psychiatric history emerged as the strongest risk factor for parasuicide among the problem history variables investigated. Another strong predictor was close affiliation with someone with a parasuicide history as was arrest record of a significant network member. There were significantly higher incidences of psychiatric treatment, homelessness, and drug abuse but not alcohol abuse in the parasuicide group than the nonparasuicide group. Social desirability was significantly lower among the parasuicide group. 2 notes, 1 table, and 33 references
Main Term(s): Prediction; Self mutilation
Index Term(s): Adjustment to prison; Inmate characteristics; New York; Psychological evaluation
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