Diagnostic Efforts Regarding Women in Oregon's Prison System: A Preliminary Report

Elizabeth A. Birecree, Joseph D. Bloom, Mary D. Leverette, Mary Williams

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This study examined 91 women entering Oregon's prison system using a combination of psychometric testing and clinical interviews, to assess their need for mental health care. The incidence of mental disorders was high in this population and rarely did the women receive only one diagnosis. Substance abuse/dependence (91%) and affective disorders (42%) were the most prevalent diagnoses that co-occurred in the majority of cases. Psychotic disorders were not often identified. Our study points to two overlapping groups of women who are need of treatment while in prison, those with affective and/or substance abuse problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)217-230
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Applied Psychology


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