Suicidal ideation in a United States jail: Demographic and psychiatric correlates.

  title={Suicidal ideation in a United States jail: Demographic and psychiatric correlates.},
  author={Karen E. Schaefer and Christianne L Esposito-Smythers and June P Tangney},
  journal={The journal of forensic psychiatry & psychology},
  volume={27 5},
Suicidal behavior is a significant problem in United States jails. Suicidal ideation (SI) is an established precursor to suicidal behavior in incarcerated populations. No studies to date have examined the prevalence of SI or its correlates in a mixed gender U.S. jail sample. The purpose of the present study was to document rates of SI in a mixed gender jail sample and examine socio-demographic and psychiatric correlates. This study of 511 jail inmates found that approximately 16% of… CONTINUE READING
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