Prospective cohort study of mental health during imprisonment.

  title={Prospective cohort study of mental health during imprisonment.},
  author={Lamiece Hassan and L Faith Birmingham and Mari Anne Harty and Manuela Jarrett and Peter Jones and Carlene King and Judith Lathlean and Carrie Lowthian and Alice Mills and Jane Senior and Graham Thornicroft and Roger Webb and Jenny Shaw},
  journal={The British journal of psychiatry : the journal of mental science},
  volume={198 1},
BACKGROUND Mental illness is common among prisoners, but little evidence exists regarding changes in symptoms in custody over time. AIMS To investigate the prevalence and predictors of psychiatric symptoms among prisoners during early custody. METHOD In a prospective cohort study, 3079 prisoners were screened for mental illness within 3 days of reception. To establish baseline diagnoses and symptoms, 980 prisoners were interviewed; all remaining in custody were followed up 1 month and 2… CONTINUE READING