Year: 1991 Source: Social Work and Social Sciences Review, v.3, no.3, (1991-1992), p.227-242 SIEC No: 20020488

This study analyzed the psychosocial problems of 214 ordinary probation clients. The results revealed that these clients were faced with a multiplicity of difficulties. The majority of these clients experienced relative poverty, 2/5 were involved with substance abuse that was linked to potential HIV-risk behaviour. 1/5 of the clients had some form of mental disorder, often involving attempted suicide. The mental health dimension & the HIV-risk behaviour indicated the need for active interdisciplinary collaboration & a review of probation training. (40 refs)