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Psychiatric disorder in London's life-sentenced offenders

Taylor, Pamela Jane 1986. Psychiatric disorder in London's life-sentenced offenders. British Journal of Criminology 26 (1) , pp. 63-78.

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A review of life-sentenced men and women, supervised by probation officers in the Inner London Probation Service, was carried out by questionnaire to the supervising officers. There appeared to be a high rate of psychiatric disorder, whether the lifers were in prison or in the community. Overall two-thirds of the lifers had a psychiatric diagnosis. Nearly 10 per cent, of them had schizophrenia, a slightly higher proportion had a depressive illness and one-third had received a definite diagnosis of personality disorder. In most of the latter cases personality disorder was not the sole diagnosis. On a number of superficial social measures the released lifers had adjusted well. Nearly a third, however, had been recalled at some stage and there was a suggestion that psychiatric disorder may have been an important factor in the decision to recall.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 0007-0955
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 08:49

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