The Mental Health of Federal Offenders: A Summative Review of the Prevalence Literature

University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas, United States
Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research (Impact Factor: 3.44). 06/2006; 33(3):253-63. DOI: 10.1007/s10488-005-0022-2
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To date, only a small number of government and peer-reviewed studies have examined the mental health of federal offenders. Although these studies provide isolated bits of information they have yet to be organized into a coherent body of knowledge from which clinicians, administrators and policy makers can inform their work. As a first step in constructing this knowledge and understanding the possible mental health needs of this population (currently America's largest correctional population), this paper delineates the available government and peer-reviewed studies on federal offenders, highlights their convergent findings, and suggests opportunities for growth in research, administration and policy.

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