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The mental health consequences of dealing with self-inflicted death in custody

Wright, L. and Borrill, Jo and Teers, Rebecca and Cassidy, T. (2006) The mental health consequences of dealing with self-inflicted death in custody. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 19 (2). pp. 165-180. ISSN 0951-5070

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09515070600811824


The impact of dealing with a death in custody was explored in 49 prison officers who had dealt with such an event in the period 3-7 months prior to the study. A 36.7% incidence rate of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was identified. Optimism, avoidance problem solving style, prior experience of suicide and level of involvement in the incident were direct mediators of the impact of the event for the total sample, while perceived control, emotional support and other aspect of problem-solving style had an indirect effect. Separate analysis of the PTSD and non-PTSD groups showed that the only mediator for the PTSD group was prior experience. For the non-PTSD group a range of variables mediated the impact. It is argued that this provides a case for preventive rather than treatment interventions.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Online ISSN 1469-3674
Research Community:University of Westminster > Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages, School of
ID Code:4067
Deposited On:30 May 2007
Last Modified:04 Nov 2009 12:42

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