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NCJ Number: 200813 Find in a Library
Title: Personality Disorder and Violence Among Female Prison Inmates
Journal: Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law  Volume:30  Issue:4  Dated:2002  Pages:502-509
Author(s): Janet I. Warren D.S.W; Mandi Burnette M.A.; Susan Carol South M.A.; Preeti Chauhan B.A.; Risha Bale Ph.D.; Roxanne Friend Ph.D.
Editor(s): Ezra E. H. Griffith M.D.
Date Published: 2002
Page Count: 8
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study explored the relationship between Axis II personality disorders and their association with risk for violence among a cohort of women incarcerated at a maximum security prison.
Abstract: There is an emergent body of research that has begun to identify the significant Axis I and Axis II mental health problems of female inmates that suggest a potential relationship between certain personality disorders (PDs) and violent or criminal behavior. However, current research lacks clinically robust studies of PDs among detained and imprisoned women. This study attempted to examine this relationship by focusing on a sample of women in a maximum security prison, identified as being at high risk for violent and criminal behavior. Specifically, it examined the relationship between Axis II disorders and community and institutional violence among a sample of 261 female felons incarcerated at a maximum security prison for women. Two hundred nonpsychotic women were identified who met criteria for 1 of the 4 Cluster B personality disorders (antisocial, borderline, histrionic, or narcissistic PD) and 50 nonpsychotic women who did not meet criteria for these disorders. Each inmate was interviewed with the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV Axis II Personality Disorders (SCID-II). Findings indicated a significant association between different Axis II diagnoses and patterns of criminality and violence within this sample. The findings highlight the relevance of PDs to the understanding of the criminal and violent acts perpetrated by incarcerated women. High rates of comorbidity were reflected within the sample among the Cluster B disorders. References
Main Term(s): Violent females
Index Term(s): Female inmates; Inmates; Institutional violence; Mental disorders; Mentally ill offenders; Personality assessment; Psychological evaluation; Violence; Violence causes; Violent inmates; Violent women
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