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Mental Health

Prisoners in prison have a high incidence of mental illness. At the same time, research shows that imprisonment in itself can aggravate existing mental disorders and create new ones. A prison has conditions that make imprisonment particularly difficult for this group. Knowledge of which mental disorders inmates have, and of their experiences during and after imprisonment is important in order to be able to provide them with adequate and increased treatment. 

In the PriSUD project, our goal is to investigate the prevalence of mental disorders among inmates in Norwegian, Swedish and Danish prisons. This research spans a period of 10 years (2010-2020) and thus will also measure changes over time. 



Svendsen, Vegard G., Marianne Riksheim Stavseth, Torbjørn Skardhamar, and Anne Bukten. "Psychiatric morbidity among women in Norwegian prisons, 2010–2019: a register-based study." BMC psychiatry 23, no. 1 (2023): 390. doi: 10.1186/s12888-023-04886-7.

Lindstad, Marianne, Skurtveit, Svetlana, and Bukten, Anne. "Too Much Or Too Little Medication? A National Study of Prescribed Psychopharmaceuticals Among Inmates in Norwegian Prisons." Norwegian Epidemiology 29, no. 1-2 (2021). .

Bukten, Anne, and Stavseth, Marianne Riksheim. "Suicide in Prison and After Release: A 17-Year National Cohort Study." European Journal of Epidemiology 36, no. 10 (2021): 1075-83.

Rognli, Eline Borger, Bramness, Jørgen G, Skurtveit, Svetlana, and Bukten, Anne. "Substance Use and Sociodemographic Background as Risk Factors for Lifetime Psychotic Experiences in a Non-Clinical Sample." Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment 74 (2017): 42-47.


Bukten, A; Stavseth, MR; Skurtveit, S, Lund, IO; Clausen, T. Intoxication and Health situation among inmates in the penal care. SERAF report, 2/2016 (pdf).

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