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The Prevalence of Mental Disorders among Male Prisoners Referred to the Clinic of Central Prison of Hamedan, Iran
Azizi Saied. Y 1, Taati ghafoor. M 2, Moradi. R 3
1- Iran, hamadan, Azad University, Faculty of Literature and Humanities, Psychology Department.‌
2- Iran, Tehran, Allameh Tabatabaee University, Faculty of Education and Psychology, Psychology Department.
3- Iran, Hamadan, Azad University, Faculty of Humanities, Psychology Department.
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Introduction: Based on the results of different studies on inmate populations, the prevalence of mental disorders among male prisoners was 2-3 times higher than the general population.
Objective: The current study aimed at determining the prevalence of mental disorders among male prisoners referred to the clinic of Central Prison of Hamedan, Iran.
Material and Methods: The study was carried out on 446 male prisoners referred to the clinic of Central Prison of Hamadan. The participants were selected using the purposive sampling method; they mostly complained of their mental status during the last year. The initial screening test was performed for the participants by a physician. The subjects completed the syndrome checklist questionnaire (SCL90) and the ones with cutoff point >2.5 for clinical syndrome underwent structured interviews with a psychologist and a psychiatrist.
Results: Based on the obtained data, 45% of the subjects were married, 45% single, and 10% divorced. Most of them had primary school education (34%), followed by middle school (35%). Mental disorders were mostly common in the subjects within the age range of 26 to 35 years (50%); also, 96% (n=427) of them were diagnosed with at least 1 disorder. Based on the data analysis results, depression (41%), bipolar disorder (19%), trauma- and stress-related disorders (9%), anxiety disorders (8.8%), and substance-related disorders (8 percent) had the highest frequencies among the subjects, respectively. The comorbidity of 2 or more mental disorders was observed in more than 50% of the studied inmates.
Discussion and Conclusion: According to the results of the current study, the prevalence of mental disorders, particularly mood disorders (depression, bipolar), among prisoners is significantly higher than the general population.

 

 

Keywords: Depression, Mental Disorder, Prison.
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Type of Study: Applicable | Subject: Special
Received: 2017/05/7 | Accepted: 2018/02/13 | Published: 2018/04/18
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