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NCJ Number: 98912 Find in a Library
Title: Psychopathological Effects of Solitary Confinement
Journal: American Journal of Psychiatry  Volume:140  Issue:11  Dated:(August 1983)  Pages:1450-1454
Author(s): S. Grassian
Date Published: 1983
Page Count: 5
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Psychopathological reactions to solitary confinement were extensively described by nineteenth-century German clinicians. In the United States there have been several legal challenges to the use of solitary confinement, based on allegations that it may have serious psychiatric consequences.
Abstract: The recent medical literature on this subject has been scarce. The author describes psychiatric symptoms that appeared in 14 inmates exposed to periods of increased social isolation and sensory restriction on solitary confinement and asserts that these symptoms form a major, clinically distinguishable psychiatric syndrome. (Publisher abstract)
Index Term(s): Mental disorders; Psychological research; Solitary confinement
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