Year: 2005 Source: Psychological Medicine, v.35, no.2, (February 2005), p.257-269 SIEC No: 20070572

This study analysed the prevalence of suicide ideation & suicide attempts in the ONS National Prison Survey & their association with psychiatric disorders, substance abuse, & social risk factors. Data were compared with those from the second national survey of psychiatric morbidity in British adults living at home. Suicidal thoughts & attempts were more common in prison populations & were significantly associated with higher rates of psychosis, neurosis, & personality disorder in prisoners. Being young, single, white, leaving school early, experiencing poor social support, & significant social adversity were important risk factors for suicide ideation. (31 refs.)