Lifetime and six-month prevalence of psychiatric disorders among sentenced female offenders

Bull Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 1988;16(4):333-42.


The authors determined the six-month and lifetime prevalence of psychiatric disorders among 100 consecutively admitted female offenders to a prison, using Diagnostic Interview Schedule (DIS Version III) and found high prevalence rates of schizophrenia, major depression, substance use disorders, psychosexual dysfunction, and antisocial personality disorders. The prevalence rates of these disorders were significantly higher than those of the general population. The authors note the implications of their findings for treatment of women within the correctional system.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Commitment of Mentally Ill / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Forensic Psychiatry*
  • Humans
  • Insanity Defense*
  • Mental Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Missouri
  • Prisoners / psychology*