U.S. Department of Justice

Pathways Project--Research Factsheet: Mental Health & Trauma among Women in Jails

Publication year: 2012 | Cataloged on: Mar. 21, 2013
Thumbnail preview ANNOTATION: Findings are presented from a national study showing the prevalence of serious mental illness (SMI) , substance use disorders (SUD), and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the United States female jail population. Topics discussed include: the majority of females jailed have at least one of the assessed mental health disorders during their lifetime; regional differences exist in the rates of assessed mental health disorders; 25% of these women reported severe functional impairment in the past year; 50% of the women received substance abuse treatment or mental health treatment prior to incarceration; most of the jailed women had multiple types of adversity and interpersonal violence in their lives; trauma and mental health are associated with criminal offenses; women experiencing SMI are more likely to have had trauma in their lives, to be repeat offenders, and to have earlier onset of substance use and running away; and these results show the importance of prevention, rehabilitation, and reentry services.
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