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Saved by structure? The course of psychosis within a prison population

Eric Blaauw (Erasmus Medical Centre Rotterdam and Bouman GGZ Rotterdam, The Netherlands)
Hendrik G. Roozen (Erasmus Medical Centre Rotterdam and Bouman GGZ Rotterdam, The Netherlands)
Hjalmar G. C. Van Marle (Erasmus Medical Centre Rotterdam, The Netherlands)

International Journal of Prisoner Health

ISSN: 1744-9200

Publication date: 1 April 2007

Abstract

About 4% of all prisoners can be diagnosed with a psychotic disorder, but it is largely unknown how these prisoners function during imprisonment. The present study aimed to describe symptoms of psychotic prisoners during imprisonment and incidents caused by them as well as care provided to these prisoners. A total of 61 prisoners were observed for a maximum of 12 weeks. Results show that poverty of speech and blunted affect significantly decreased over time. The largest group of psychotic prisoners either did not suffer from positive psychotic symptoms or the encountered positive psychotic symptoms exhibited a steady or decreasing pattern during their imprisonment. Reasons for these findings still remain unclear.

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Blaauw, E., Roozen, H.G. and Van Marle, H.G.C. (2007), "Saved by structure? The course of psychosis within a prison population", International Journal of Prisoner Health, Vol. 3 No. 4, pp. 248-256. https://doi.org/10.1080/17449200701682436

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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