Title: The prevalence of personality disorders in Portuguese male prison inmates: Implications for penitentiary treatment
Authors: Brazão, Nélio 
Da Motta, Carolina 
Rijo, Daniel 
Pinto-Gouveia, José 
Keywords: Prevalence;Personality Disorders;Male prison inmates;Penitentiary treatment
Issue Date: 2015
Project: “GPS – Growing Pro-Social, a prevention and rehabilitation program for individuals with antisocial behavior: Efficacy studies in forensic samples” (PTDC/PSI-PCL/102165/2008) is supported by the Foundation for Science and Technology, and it is a partnership between the Research Unit of the Cognitive-Behavioral Research and Intervention Center and the General Directorship of Social Reinsertion and Prison Services of the Portuguese Ministry of Justice. 
This research has been supported by the first author, NB, PhD Grant (SFRH/BD/89283/2012), sponsored by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), and the Operational Program for the Human Potential (POPH)/European Social Fund (SEE) 
Abstract: Prison inmates are known to be a population with a high prevalence of mental disorders. Most of these disorders are chronic and difficult to treat, particularly in what concerns Cluster B Personality Disorders, which prevalence in forensic samples are even higher than in the general population. This study assesses the prevalence of Personality Disorders in a sample of 294 Portuguese male prison inmates, interviewed with the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV Axis II Personality Disorders (SCID-II). The results showed a global prevalence rate of 79.9%, with 42.8% of the participants diagnosed with Antisocial Personality Disorder as the main diagnosis. Paranoid, Passive-Aggressive, Borderline, and Narcissistic Personality Disorders were the most common comorbid diagnosis associated with Antisocial Personality Disorder. These results strongly suggest that Personality Disorders should be taken into account when deciding and planning the intervention inside prison.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10316/46699
DOI: 10.14417/ap.975
Rights: openAccess
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