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NCJ Number: 237783 Find in a Library
Title: Gender Paradox in Prison Suicide Rates
Journal: Women & Criminal Justice  Volume:21  Issue:4  Dated:October - December 2011  Pages:290-307
Author(s): Meredith Huey Dye
Date Published: October 2011
Page Count: 18
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined prison suicide among female inmates, and comparisons of rates by gender.
Abstract: Few studies of prison suicide have focused on suicide among female inmates, and even fewer studies have provided comparisons of rates by gender. Using national data on U.S. prisons and suicide, this study examined the “gender paradox” in prison suicide rates by comparing suicide rates of female and male inmates and U.S. residents and then examined characteristics of prisons that reported suicides. Findings indicated that rates of suicide in prison were similar for female and male inmates, but rates were higher for female inmates and lower for male inmates compared to the respective rates for female and male U.S. residents. Prisons that reported female suicides evidenced significant differences in prison conditions, including higher assault rates and mental health service utilization, compared to prisons for males and female prisons without suicide. Implications of the findings for understanding the gender paradox and for prison suicide prevention are discussed. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Effects of imprisonment
Index Term(s): Females; Gender; Suicide; Suicide prevention
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