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Effect of age, time spent in prison and level of education on the perceived health and quality of life of elderly prisoners

Nicolas Combalbert (Universite Francois-Rabelais de Tours UFR Lettres et Langues, Tours, France)
Valérie Pennequin (Universite Francois-Rabelais de Tours UFR Lettres et Langues, Tours, France)
Claude Ferrand (Universite Francois-Rabelais de Tours UFR Lettres et Langues, Tours, France)
Moussa Keita (Universite Francois-Rabelais de Tours UFR Lettres et Langues, Tours, France)
Brigitte Geffray (Universite Francois-Rabelais de Tours UFR Lettres et Langues, Tours, France)

International Journal of Prisoner Health

ISSN: 1744-9200

Article publication date: 12 March 2019

Issue publication date: 7 June 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to assess the level of perceived health and quality of life of elderly prisoners in France, and to see whether there is a link between aging, time spent in prison and level of education and scores for perceived health and quality of life.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors’ recruited 138 male prisoners aged 50 and over in seven French prisons. The research protocol comprised a semi-structured interview and two scales.

Findings

The results revealed low levels of perceived health and quality of life among the elderly inmates. They also showed that age was not statistically associated with most of the dimensions of perceived health on the Nottingham Health Profile (NHP), with the exception of poor mobility. By contrast, age was statistically associated with most of the dimensions of quality of life on the WHOQOL-Bref. Time spent in prison was only associated negatively with the “sleep” dimension of the NHP. Emotional reactions were perceived most positively by the inmates with the highest level of education.

Practical implications

It seems particularly important to assess the perceived health and quality of life of elderly prisoners in order to ensure their appropriate treatment and management.

Originality/value

Very few studies have examined the perceived health and quality of life of prisoners, even though this population is particularly vulnerable in terms of physical and mental health.

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Acknowledgements

Conflict of interest: none.

Citation

Combalbert, N., Pennequin, V., Ferrand, C., Keita, M. and Geffray, B. (2019), "Effect of age, time spent in prison and level of education on the perceived health and quality of life of elderly prisoners", International Journal of Prisoner Health, Vol. 15 No. 2, pp. 168-180. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJPH-09-2018-0048

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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