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 framework conditions that make imprisonment particularly difficult for this group. Knowledge of which mental disorders inmates have, and how it goes with inmates with mental disorders during and after imprisonment is important in order to be able to scale up the treatment offer for inmates during imprisonment. 

In the PriSUD project, our goal is to investigate the prevalence of mental disorders among inmates in Norwegian, Swedish and Danish prisons. We will investigate this over a period of 10 years (2010-2020), and thus investigate whether there have been changes over time.


Publications on the topic

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) ._ cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_ https://doi.org/10.5324/nje.v29i1-2.4049 .

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.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s10654-021-00782-0 .

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.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsat.2016.12.007 .


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