Table 3

Demographic and therapy factors for 230 inmates receiving interventions, according to prisoner category1

Remand prisoners N = 42

Sentenced N = 172

On preventive detention N = 16

Total therapy population N= 230


Male gender (%)

38 (91)

157 (91)

15 (94)

210 (91)

Mean age *** (SD, range)

30.1 (8.5, 18–50)

33.7 (8.7, 16–56)

42.3 (11.0, 24–64)

33.7 (9.2, 16–64)

Ethnic Norwegian ** (%)

25 (60)

109 (63)

16 (100)

150 (65)

Psychiatric problem areas(%)

Psychoactive substance use

21 (50)

94 (55)

8 (50)

123 (53)

Depression

26 (62)

78 (45)

6 (38)

112 (48)

Personality deviance *

14 (33)

79 (46)

11 (69)

104 (45)

Anxiety

22 (52)

72 (42)

4 (25)

98 (43)

Posttraumatic stress *

3 (7)

37 (22)

0 (0)

40 (17)

Psychosis

5 (12)

18 (11)

2 (13)

25 (11)

ADHD ***

2 (5)

11 (6)

0 (0)

13 (6)

Sexual deviance ***

0 (0)

1 (1)

8 (50)

9 (4)

Other ***

3 (7)

8 (5)

0 (0)

11 (5)

In individual therapy *** (%)

42 (100)

171 (100)

10 (63)

223 (97)

Regular

34 (81)

140 (82)

9 (90)

183 (82)

Ad hoc/emergency session

8 (19)

31 (18)

1 (10)

40 (18)

In group therapy *** (%)

0 (0)

4 (2)

8 (50)

12 (5)

Psychopharmacological treatment (%)

26 (63)

87 (51)

6 (38)

119 (52)

Therapy needs met (%)

Yes

28 (74)

102 (61)

13 (87)

143 (65)

Partly

9 (24)

53 (32)

1 (7)

63 (29)

No

1 (3)

13 (8)

1 (7)

15 (7)


1 As all questions had not been answered for all patients, numbers do not always add up to 230 Significant group differences (t-test, Chi square, Exact test): * p ≤ .05, ** p ≤ .01, *** p ≤ 0.001

Kjelsberg et al. BMC Psychiatry 2006 6:27   doi:10.1186/1471-244X-6-27

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