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An Exploration into the Prevalence of Mental Disorder, Alcohol and Illicit Substance Misuse within A Sex Offenders Prison and an Open Prison

Salathial, Tracey (2020) An Exploration into the Prevalence of Mental Disorder, Alcohol and Illicit Substance Misuse within A Sex Offenders Prison and an Open Prison. Doctoral thesis, University of Huddersfield.

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Abstract

Funding for the study was secured following the researchers appointment to develop and manage mental health services within HMP Usk and HMP Prescoed. Before this research, both establishments at HMP Usk and HMP Prescoed had limited resources for those with a mental illness and prisoners were not receiving a mental health assessment, which would categorise them as suffering from a serious mental illness. No psychosocial interventions were taking place and there was no relapse signatures to identify prisoners at risk of self-harm. The lack of service provision was no reflection on the current staff working within the health care departments of HMP Usk and HMP Prescoed, who were all working to manage complex prisoners, often displaying symptoms of either a mental illness or with a history of a drug and alcohol problems.

The study will give the reader an insight into the prison environment identifying both internal and external triggers for the onset of a mental disorder. It was at this stage that the researcher decided to develop an assessment tool which would capture some of these interpersonal problems, which can occur within such an environment, previously unexplored by any other research to date. The thesis will offer a novel contribution by exploring and adding perspectives to what contributes to a mental illness. The study also aided the development of a structured pathway for the management of prisoners with a mental illness.

The researcher compared the results from the study to previous research carried out, where possible, on psychiatric morbidity within a prison, the limitations being the lack of research and previous studies relying on prison medical records, which the researcher found during the study to be unreliable. The researcher planned a detailed study over 10 years within an open prison HMP Prescoed and a sex offenders prison HMP Usk using face to face interviews. The researchers study was to gather as much detail as possible leaving ‘No prison key left unturned!!!’

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
Depositing User: Christine Morelli
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2021 13:57
Last Modified: 18 Feb 2021 13:57
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/35244

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