Volume 49, Issue 1 (January 2004)

    Discriminating Deliberate Self-Harm (DSH) in Young Prison Inmates Through Personality Disorder

    (Received 24 March 2003; accepted 6 September 2003)

    Published Online: December

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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    Abstract

    This study investigated deliberate self-harm (DSH) in young inmates. The objectives are twofold: first, to identify the social and clinical characteristics of inmates who commit DSH; and secondly, to ascertain the types of personality who are vulnerable in order to be able to predict future inmates who may harm themselves. A cross-sectional design was used to study psychosocial correctional personality characteristics and clinical pictures in inmates with DSH versus a control group without DSH. The measures used to evaluate different variables were a standard protocol and a self-report questionnaire (MCMI-II). Although the two groups compared are homogeneous and similar in terms of different psychosocial variables, inmates with DSH presented a significant background of maltreatment. Borderline, passive-aggressive, and antisocial personality disorders best discriminated both groups.

    The detection of borderline, negativistic, and antisocial disorders may help the medical services of penitentiary centers to predict youths with a possible risk of DSH. Despite the results obtained, longitudinal studies are needed to help clarify other risk factors, as well as other risk factors leading to self-harm behavior.


    Author Information:

    Cuquerella, FA
    Forensic doctor, Catalan Institute of Forensic Medicine of Higher Court of Justice, Clínica MÙdico-Forense de Barcelona, Instituto de Medicina Legal de Cataluña, Barcelona,

    Mohino, JS
    Forensic psychologist, Catalan Institute of Forensic Medicine of Higher Court of Justice, Clínica Médico-Forense de Barcelona, Instituto de Medicina Legal de Cataluña, Barcelona,

    Ortega-Monasterio, L
    Forensic psychiatrist, professor of the Juridical Sciences Department, University of Barcelona (Spain), and forensic doctor, Catalan Institute of Forensic Medicine of Higher Court of Justice, Clínica Médico-Forense de Barcelona, Instituto de Medicina Legal de Cataluña, Barcelona,

    Talön, NT
    Forensic doctor, Catalan Institute of Forensic Medicine of Higher Court of Justice, Clínica MÙdico-Forense de Barcelona, Instituto de Medicina Legal de Cataluña, Barcelona,

    Planchat, TLM
    Forensic doctor, Catalan Institute of Forensic Medicine of Higher Court of Justice, Clínica MÙdico-Forense de Barcelona, Instituto de Medicina Legal de Cataluña, Barcelona,

    Macho, VJL
    Psychiatrist, Public Mental Health Center of Barcelona, Badalona, Barcelona,


    Stock #: JFS2003111

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS2003111

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    Title Discriminating Deliberate Self-Harm (DSH) in Young Prison Inmates Through Personality Disorder
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