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ERIC Number: EJ798142
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-0011-1287
Trauma Exposure, Mental Health Functioning, and Program Needs of Women in Jail
Green, Bonnie L.; Miranda, Jeanne; Daroowalla, Anahita; Siddique, Juned
Crime & Delinquency, v51 n1 p133-151 2005
A convenience sample of 100 female jail inmates was interviewed by two female clinical psychologists using measures of trauma exposure, psychopathology, sexual risk behavior, parenting skills, and perceived needs for service. Participants had high rates of lifetime trauma exposure (98%), current mental disorders (36%), and drug/alcohol problems (74%). More than half of the women showed deficits in parenting skills. Participants described their primary problems as being in the areas of substance abuse and family issues, and they endorsed a variety of potential services they would like to be able to access. Unless trauma and victimization experiences, mental health needs, and functional difficulties are taken into account in program development, incarcerated women are unlikely to benefit optimally from in-house and postrelease programs. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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