An analysis of self-reported suicide attempts and ideation in a national sample of incarcerated individuals convicted of sexual crimes

Suicide is the leading cause of preventable death in US jails and prisons, with rates three to nine times higher than those of the general population. Although suicide in correctional settings has been recognised as a serious problem, the research on suicide among incarcerated individuals remains limited. Individuals who have committed sexual offenses may be[…]

Childhood traumatic experiences and mental health problems in sexually offending and non-sexually offending juveniles.

Objective To examine the relationship between a history of childhood abuse and mental health problems in juveniles who sexually offended (JSOs) over and above general offending behavior. Methods A sample of 44 JSOs incarcerated in two juvenile detention centers in the Netherlands[…]

An examination of suicide attempts among incarcerated sex offenders.

Little is known about suicide attempts among sex offenders. This study examines the rates of nonfatal suicide attempts among a sample (N = 3,030) of incarcerated male sex offenders. Overall, the authors found that 14% of sex offenders in the study sample had made a suicide attempt at some point in their lives. Of those,[…]

A Trait-interpersonal perspective on suicide risk in criminal offenders.

Despite elevated rates of suicide among offenders, research has yet to adequately address theoretically driven risk models in this population. The present study addresses such a gap by investigating a synthesized framework using 2 well-developed theoretical models, the Five-Factor Model (FFM) of personality and the interpersonal-psychological theory of suicide (IPTS). Archival data from mitigation evaluations[…]