Mental disorder in offenders

Because of the difficulty of obtaining representative samples of offenders in the community, surveys on mental disorder among offenders have mainly been done on those in prison. The prevalence of mental disorder among prisoners, whether remanded or sentenced, is much higher than in the community. Figures have obviously varied between different populations studied, but a fifth of women prisoners and a third or more of male prisoners have antisocial personality disorder; prisoners were 10 times likelier than the general population to have


psychosis or personality disorder (Fazel and Danesh, 2002). Fifty per cent or more may have abused substances at some time.

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