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Psychiatric morbidity in sentenced segregated HIV-positive prisoners.
Dorman A; O'Connor A; Hardiman E; Freyne A; O'Neill H; Central Mental
May 30, 1994
Br J Psychiatry. 1993 Dec;163:802-5. Unique Identifier : AIDSLINE

In this comparative study with a control group of prisoners, psychiatric morbidity was measured in two groups of sentenced prisoners, each group completing the GHQ-30 and 21-item Beck Depression Inventory (BDI). Group 1 consisted of 40 segregated HIV-positive prisoners and group 2 a matched control group in the main prison who had no history of HIV seropositivity. All members of group 1 had a history of intravenous drug abuse. The mean GHQ-30 and BDI scores were significantly higher in group 1, and 90% of group 1 were psychiatric 'cases' compared with just over 42% of group 2. Levels of psychiatric morbidity present in a third group, consisting of HIV-positive prisoners who had not been segregated (prison authorities were unaware of their seropositivity) are an interesting pointer for further research.

Adult Cross-Sectional Studies Depressive Disorder/*EPIDEMIOLOGY/PSYCHOLOGY Human HIV Seropositivity/*EPIDEMIOLOGY/PSYCHOLOGY/TRANSMISSION Incidence Ireland/EPIDEMIOLOGY Male Mental Disorders/*EPIDEMIOLOGY/PSYCHOLOGY Patient Isolation/*PSYCHOLOGY Personality Assessment Prisoners/PSYCHOLOGY/*STATISTICS & NUMER DATA Social Environment Substance Abuse, Intravenous/COMPLICATIONS/EPIDEMIOLOGY/ PSYCHOLOGY JOURNAL ARTICLE

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