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NCJ Number: 155164 Find in a Library
Title: Vulnerability and Prison Suicide
Journal: British Journal of Criminology  Volume:35  Issue:2  Dated:(Spring 1995)  Pages:173-187
Author(s): A Liebling
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 15
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This article summarizes results from two longitudinal studies on inmate suicide and suicide attempts, carried out between 1987 and 1992 in Great Britain.
Abstract: Data were obtained through interviews, observation, participation, statistical records, and informal discussions with correctional staff and prisoners. Important differences were found between inmate suicide attempters and other inmates. Suicide attempters tended to have suffered more severe disadvantage, violence, and family problems, and had had more frequent previous contact with social services and criminal justice agencies. However, the most significant predictor of attempted suicide was an inmate's inability to cope with prison life. The author concludes that imprisonment is directed against vulnerable groups who are then expected to undergo an experience which exceeds the resources available to them to cope with the stress of that experience. 2 tables, 5 notes, and 68 references
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): Adjustment to prison; Foreign inmates; Great Britain/United Kingdom; Inmate characteristics; Inmate suicide
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