Self-reported substance use and intervention experience of prisoners with intellectual disability

McGillivray, Jane A. and Newton, Danielle C. 2016, Self-reported substance use and intervention experience of prisoners with intellectual disability, Journal of intellectual and developmental disability, vol. 41, no. 2, pp. 166-176, doi: 10.3109/13668250.2016.1146944.

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Title Self-reported substance use and intervention experience of prisoners with intellectual disability
Author(s) McGillivray, Jane A.ORCID iD for McGillivray, Jane A.
Newton, Danielle C.ORCID iD for Newton, Danielle C.
Journal name Journal of intellectual and developmental disability
Volume number 41
Issue number 2
Start page 166
End page 176
Total pages 11
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 1366-8250
Keyword(s) intellectual disability (ID)
substance abuse
Summary Background It has been increasingly recognised that many offenders with intellectual disability (ID) have substance use issues, yet surprisingly little is known about the treatment needs of this population.Method In order to explore pre-sentence patterns of substance use, the role of substance use in offending behaviour, and experience with substance treatment programs, interviews were conducted with 33 sentenced prisoners.Results The findings of this study identified hazardous and harmful rates of alcohol use and high rates of substance use among prisoners with ID. Most participants reported being intoxicated at the time of their offence. Participants experience of substance intervention programs varied. Although many reported a positive experience, others reported significant participation barriers.Conclusions This study supports the increasingly recognised link between substance use and offending behaviour among prisoners with ID and highlights the importance of tailored and coordinated treatment initiatives, both within corrections facilities and the community.
Language eng
DOI 10.3109/13668250.2016.1146944
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
1103 Clinical Sciences
1607 Social Work
1608 Sociology
Socio Economic Objective 920414 Substance Abuse
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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