A survey of intellectual disabilities amongst men on remand in prison

Murphy, Glynis H. and Harnett, Hedley and Holland, Anthony J. (1995) A survey of intellectual disabilities amongst men on remand in prison. Mental Handicap Research, 8 (2). pp. 81-98. ISSN 0952-9608 . (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Men detained in a South London prison on remand were screened for intellectual disabilities (mental handicap) over a three-month period. Of 157 men screened, 33 reported having intellectual disabilities. Twenty-one of these completed the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ) and were tested for IQ (on the WAIS-R), for reading and numeracy (on the British Ability Scales). An equal number of men were selected for the control group, on a 'next man in' basis, and they were assessed in an identical way. None of the index men had an IQ in the intellectual disabilities (mental handicap) range but the mean Verbal IQ, mean Full Scale IQ, mean reading age and mean numeracy age were all significantly lower in the index group than in the control group. Moreover, the index group had significantly higher scores on the GHQ and often had a recent history of mental illness or psychiatric hospital admission. It is concluded that men with intellectual disabilities were not over-represented in prison but that there were a number of men close to the disability range who were psychologically very vulnerable.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Mentally-retarded offenders; Prevalence; System
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV1568 Disability studies
L Education
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Jo Ruffels
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2012 15:13
Last Modified: 29 May 2014 15:55
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/32133 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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