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Suicidal ideation among female inmates : a cross-sectional study

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Due to their complex mental health needs, female inmates comprise a particularly vulnerable group, at high risk for suicide. Although suicidal ideationU+2014the early stage in the trajectory towards suicidal behaviourU+2014represents a valid target for suicide prevention, there has been little research devoted to this outcome among female inmates. In order to address this void and to inform prevention efforts, the present study sought to investigate correlates of recent suicidal ideation among women incarcerated in Flanders, Belgium. A representative sample of prisoners (N = 123; aged 19U+201370 years) was randomly selected from all Flemish correctional facilities detaining female inmates, representing one in four incarcerated women throughout Belgium. Prevalence estimates for lifetime history of suicide ideation and attempts are 57.7% and 36.6%, respectively. Multivariate analysis indicates that women with recent suicidal ideation while incarcerated are significantly more likely than their non-suicidal peers to report a lifetime history of non-suicidal self-injury (aOR = 7.36), in-prison drug use (aOR = 4.72), and severe psychological distress (aOR = 3.14). These findings highlight the importance of providing adequate mental health services in prison, in order to address womenU+2019s unique needs and vulnerabilities, and consequently, to reduce suicide risk.
Tijdschrift: International Journal of Forensic Mental Health
ISSN: 1499-9013
Issue: 2
Volume: 18
Pagina's: 85 - 98
Jaar van publicatie:2019
Trefwoorden:Psychiatrie en neurologie , Geschiedenis, politieke wetenschappen en rechten