Psychological symptomatology in a prison population: an exploratory study of age, psychopathological history and time in prison

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Autores: Verónica Molina-Coloma, R. Lara-Machado, Bárbara de los Ángeles Pérez Pedraza y Diana López-Rodríguez

Revista: Revista Española de Sanidad Penitenciaria

País: España

Año: 2021

Volumen: 23

Número: 1

Páginas: 20-27

Abstract

Objectives: Identify psychological symptoms relating to age, psychopathological history and time in prison in women and men incarcerated in a prison.Material and method: Cross-sectional study. The sample was made up of 100 inmates, 50 men and 50 women and the symptom Checklist-90-Revised (SCL-90-R) was used to assess psychopathological symptoms.Results: This study shows that inmates with a psychopathological history prior to entry to prison, younger inmates (18-29 years) and inmates who have been a short time in prison present more psychopathological symptoms.Discussion: The results found suggest the implementation of a protocol for psychological care of prisoners in general, but highlights a particular interest in the care of cases with people with a psychopathological history prior to entering prison, in those who are younger and those who have been in prison for a short time.

Keywords: age factors; psychopathology; length of stay; South America.

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