[Personality disorders self-inflicted woundings in detention]

Riv Psichiatr. 2010 Jan-Feb;45(1):58-60.
[Article in Italian]


Personality disorders, especially borderline and antisocial, are pre-eminent in a penitentiary. Under detention, among 100 patients valuated, 75% have a personality disorder; the 55% of these is diagnosed with borderline personality, while the 20% have a diagnosis of antisocial personality. Borderline disorder is often unnoticed instead of antisocial that is emphasized by self-inflicted wounding and behavioural disorders. The most frequent self-damaging behaviours are, first of all, slashes, then ingestion of foreign bodies and finally burnings and using sharp objects. Environment associated with narrowness, overcrowding, low drugs effects, heighten self-inflicted wounding. Psychiatrists, psychologists and prison guards must consider this manipulative, recriminating, self-therapeutic behavioural way aimed just by obtaining benefits.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Antisocial Personality Disorder / psychology
  • Borderline Personality Disorder / psychology
  • Humans
  • Italy / epidemiology
  • Personality Disorders / epidemiology
  • Personality Disorders / psychology*
  • Prisoners / psychology*
  • Prisoners / statistics & numerical data
  • Self-Injurious Behavior / epidemiology
  • Self-Injurious Behavior / psychology*