Psychiatric disorders among young male adult prisoners

A cross sectional study in a malaysian prison

Azlin Baharudin, M. Y. Sauna Akhtar, Nik Ruzyanei Nik Jaafar, Hazli Zakaria, J. Normala

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Introduction: In recent years there has been an increase in the number of young people in prison. This study is the firstto look at the proportion of psychiatric disorders among young adultprisoners. Objective: The main objective is to determine the percentage of psychiatric disorders among young adult male prisoners Method: A cross sectional study of young adult male prisoners, with ages ranged between 18 and 21 years old, was conducted between September and December, 2008 at the Kajang Prison. A total of 225 inmates participated in the study which used the Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview (MINI) as its instrument. Results: The percentage of psychiatric disorders was 60.0%. Alcohol and substance related disorders had the highest prevalence at 50.2%, followed by Major Depressive Disorders and Dysthymia at 16.9%. About 39.6% were observed to have antisocial personality disordet Psychiatric disorders were found to have significant differences (p<O.05) in connection with parental marriage and recidivism. Conclusion: This study shows that the percentage of psychiatric disorders, especially substance related disorders, is high among young male adult prisoners. It highlights the urgent need for early intervention for this group of young people.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-70
Number of pages6
JournalMalaysian Journal of Medicine and Health Sciences
Volume6
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2010

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Prisoners
Prisons
Psychiatry
Young Adult
Cross-Sectional Studies
Substance-Related Disorders
Alcohol-Related Disorders
Antisocial Personality Disorder
Major Depressive Disorder
Marriage
Interviews

Keywords

  • Psychiatric disorders
  • Substance abuse
  • Young prisoners

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  • Medicine(all)

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