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Post traumatic stress disorder in incarcerated populations: current clinical considerations and recommendations

Clare S. Allely (School of Health Sciences, The University of Salford, UK)
Bob Allely (Clyde Bergemann, UK)

Journal of Criminal Psychology

ISSN: 2009-3829

Article publication date: 29 January 2020

Issue publication date: 4 February 2020




Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may have a detrimental impact on the individual’s ability to benefit from rehabilitative prison-based programmes, and studies have also found that there is an association between PTSD and higher rates of re-offending. Studies have also found that a significant number of cases of trauma and PTSD go undetected and therefore untreated in individuals who are incarcerated.


A literature review was carried out exploring studies that have investigated PTSD in incarcerated populations to identify current clinical considerations and recommendations.


This paper explores the key findings from the literature and highlights the important clinical implications and recommendations.


To the authors’ knowledge, this is the first paper focusing specifically on how the findings from the literature can inform clinical practice and also what factors need to be given greater consideration, going beyond the current systematic and literature reviews in the field.



Disclosure Statement: The authors have no conflicts of interest to declare.

Funding: This paper was unfunded.


Allely, C.S. and Allely, B. (2020), "Post traumatic stress disorder in incarcerated populations: current clinical considerations and recommendations", Journal of Criminal Psychology, Vol. 10 No. 1, pp. 30-42.



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