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NCJ Number: 163477 Find in a Library
Title: Women, Prisons and Psychiatry: Mental Disorder Behind Bars
Author(s): T Maden
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 170
Sponsoring Agency: Butterworth-Heinemann Ltd
Oxford, OX2 8DP, England
Publication Number: ISBN 0-7506-2003-X
Sale Source: Butterworth-Heinemann Ltd
Linacre House, Jordan Hill
Oxford, OX2 8DP,
United Kingdom
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This book covers psychiatric disorders among women serving prison sentences in England and Wales, based on the premise that individuals who have serious psychiatric disorders should not be in prison.
Abstract: In presenting a psychiatrist's view of women in prison, the book emphasizes the provision of psychiatric services and estimates the number of female prisoners in England and Wales who have psychiatric problems. The book describes different types of psychiatric disorders and attempts to explain the link between psychiatric disorders and offending. Consideration is paid to the gender politics of female imprisonment, the role of psychiatrists in prisons, and the medical model and psychiatric treatment. Book chapters specifically examine previous surveys of women in prison, psychiatric profiles of female prisoners, violence by women in prison, the prevalence of psychiatric disorders among female inmates (psychoses, personality disorders, neurotic disorders, and substance abuse), and factors related to why mentally disordered women receive prison sentences. References, tables, and figures
Main Term(s): Corrections in foreign countries
Index Term(s): England; Female inmates; Female offenders; Foreign inmates; Foreign offenders; Inmate health care; Mental disorders; Mentally ill inmates; Offender mental health services; Psychiatric services; Wales
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