The role of loneliness in prison suicide prevention and management

Brown, Samantha and Day, Andrew 2008, The role of loneliness in prison suicide prevention and management, Journal of offender rehabilitation, vol. 47, no. 4, pp. 433-449, doi: 10.1080/10509670801992459.

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Title The role of loneliness in prison suicide prevention and management
Author(s) Brown, Samantha
Day, Andrew
Journal name Journal of offender rehabilitation
Volume number 47
Issue number 4
Start page 433
End page 449
Total pages 17
Publisher Haworth Press
Place of publication Binghamton, N.Y.
Publication date 2008-08
ISSN 1050-9674
Keyword(s) loneliness
remand prisoners
suicidal behaviour
Summary Suicide in prisons has been seen as a public health concern reaching crisis proportions around the world. In this study, data from 60 inmates in a South Australian remand facility were used to examine the relationship between loneliness and known predictors of self-harm, such as depression and hopelessness. As predicted, the results suggested that prisoners who scored higher on a measure of loneliness reported higher levels of depression, hopelessness and indicators of suicidal behaviour. The implications of these findings for suicide management are discussed. It is concluded that whilst specialist mental health services are needed to treat problems such as depression, loneliness is something that may be managed by correctional staff with no professional experience or training.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/10509670801992459
Field of Research 160202 - Correctional Theory, Offender Treatment and Rehabilitation
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2008
Copyright notice ©2008, The Haworth Press
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Collection: School of Psychology
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