Co-occurring mental disorders among incarcerated women: Preliminary findings from an integrated health treatment study

Doreen D. Salina, Linda M. Lesondak, Lisa A. Razzano, Ann Weilbaecher

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Abstract

There is a growing awareness of the incidence of mental disorders among women involved in the criminal justice system. Two hundred and eighty-three women were participants in a federally-funded study and all met DSM-IV criteria for at least two Axis I disorders, including one substance abuse diagnosis. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (chronic) was the primary mental health diagnosis for 75% of the sample. Based on findings, the need for rigorous and accurate diagnostic evaluation for women in criminal justice settings is discussed; specific recommendations include: providing evidence-based, integrated, trauma-informed treatment, and designing comprehensive gender-specific programs to improve outcomes for incarcerated women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)207-225
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Offender Rehabilitation
Volume45
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007

Keywords

  • Co-occurring disorders
  • Correctional health
  • HIV prevention
  • Incarcerated women
  • PTSD
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Law

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