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Suicides in Prison

Suicides in Prison (Hardback)

By Liebling, Alison

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The suicide rate in prisons in England and Wales is 40 per 100,000 - four times that of the general population. How can this be explained? Recent prison suicides have aroused much public concern and media attention, yet there has been very little research examining their true cau...se or nature. Previous studies have tended to rely exclusively on official statistics and prison records, and have had little effect in practice. Suicides in Prison is the first major study in this area to draw directly on the experiences of both prisoners and staff. The interviews conducted by the author help to cast new light on the circumstances which can lead to suicide or attempted suicide. The author provides further evidence to support the growing recognition that suicide is not an exclusively psychiatric problem. The coping mechanisms and social support given to the people involved can have a crucial role to play. Alison Liebling also shows how serious difficulties in the management of prisoners at risk of suicide may be exacerbated by problems of communication between departments, and that prison officers may lack the necessary training to play a potentially major role in suicide prevention. Most importantly, if staff perceptions and attitudes are not addressed, any attempt to improve procedures may well be ineffective. Suicides in Prison traces the recent history of the problem and provides the first major theoretical discussion of the nature and causes of suicide in prison.
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ISBN 9780415075596
Released AU 1 Oct 1992
Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780415075596
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Status Indent title (internationally sourced), allow 8-12 weeks
Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
Imprint Routledge
Released 1 Oct 1992
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Liebling, Alison
Category Prisons
Clinical Psychology
Number of Pages 288
Dimensions Width: 156mm
Height: 234mm
Spine: 19mm
Dewey Code 365.60941
Weight 590g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress Prisoners, Great Britain
NBS Text Social Issues, Services & Welfare
ONIX Text College/higher education