Volume 46, Issue 4 (July 2001)

    Factors in Prison Suicide: One Year Study in Texas

    (Received 1 June 2000; accepted 19 September 2000)

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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    Abstract

    The goal of the study was to examine psychopathology and stressors suffered by suicide victims, and to describe the characteristics of the suicides in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice between June of 1996 to June of 1997. Data on 25 completed suicides were collected from the records department. Results: The authors identified 60% of the suicide victims with a history of psychiatric disorders. Seventy-six percent had been diagnosed with psychiatric disorders while incarcerated. The most frequent psychiatric disorders were mood disorders (64%), psychotic disorders (44%), personality disorders (56%), and comorbidity with a history of presentencing alcohol and drug abuse was common. Most of the victims experienced chronic and/or acute stressors of acute trauma, disrupted relationship, sentence hearing, and/or medical condition. We concluded that important factors associated with increased risk of prison suicide include psychiatric disorders, comorbid substance abuse, a history of suicide attempt, and chronic and/or acute stressors.


    Author Information:

    Felthous, AR
    Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Chester Mental Health Center,

    Holzer, CE
    University of Texas Medical Branch,

    Nathan, P
    Texas Department of Criminal Justice Health Services, Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health, University of Texas Medical Branch,

    Veasey, S
    University of Texas Medical Branch,

    He, X-Y
    University of Texas Medical Branch,


    Stock #: JFS15065J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS15065J

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