Mental Health and Wellbeing of Young People in Custody: Evidence Review

Armstrong, S. and McGhee, J. (2019) Mental Health and Wellbeing of Young People in Custody: Evidence Review. Project Report. Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, Glasgow.

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This report was commissioned by the Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland. This was to inform a Government-ordered inquiry into support for the mental health and wellbeing of young people in cusotdy following the suicides of two young people at HMP/YOI Polmont. It contains a comprehensive review of international research on prison suicide risk factors and rates, mental health challenges and support, institutional violence and conditions. It re-estimates the prison suicide rate in Scottish prisons at 125 per 100,000 over 2015-18, ten times the rate outside prison. It finds that the predominance of research in this area is in medical and health fields at the expense of social and anthropological research. The effect of this is both to over emphasise and to rearticulate institutional causes of harm as individual qualities and predispositions to suicide risk.

Item Type:Research Reports or Papers (Project Report)
Keywords:Prison suicide, institutional violence, Scotland, wellbeing, mental health, detention.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Armstrong, Professor Sarah
Authors: Armstrong, S., and McGhee, J.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Publisher:Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research
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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
307309HMIPS ArmstrongSarah ArmstrongHM Inspectorate of Prisons for ScotlandUNSPECIFIED