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Psychological distress and severity of personality disorder symptomatology in prisoners convicted of violent and sexual offences

Davison, Sophie and Taylor, Pamela Jane 2001. Psychological distress and severity of personality disorder symptomatology in prisoners convicted of violent and sexual offences. Psychology, Crime & Law 7 (1-4) , pp. 263-273. 10.1080/10683160108401797

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Abstract

Background: There have been recent proposals in England and Wales to develop services aimed at reducing the risk to the public posed by offenders with so-called “severe personality disorder”. The emphasis of the proposals is on risk. However, prisoners with personality disorder may have psychiatric treatment needs other than those purely relating to public protection. The aim of the study was to examine the association between severity of self reported personality disorder pathology and psychological distress in serious offenders. Method: All male prisoners in two prisons, convicted of violent or sexual offences, were sent the Personality Diagnostic Questionnaire 4+(PDQ−4+) and the Symptom Checklist 90-R (SCL-90-R). Results: High levels of self reported personality pathology were associated with high levels of psychological distress. Conclusions: Offenders with the most severe self reported personality disorder pathology experience distress that may be clinically significant. Services for offenders with personality disorder will need to address their associated psychiatric symptoms.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1068-316X
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 08:48
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/85420

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