Inmate perceptions of mental health services

Robert D. Morgan, Alicia T. Rozycki, Scott Wilson

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With the increasing rise in the U.S. prison population, meeting the mental health needs of inmates before, during, and after incarceration remains an obstacle. What are the mental health experiences of inmates? For what types of problems are inmates willing to seek help, and what are the barriers to their service utilization? This study investigated inmates' attitudes and perceptions toward mental health services and examined whether these attitudes and perceptions vary with respect to ethnic group membership or among inmates of differing security levels. Implications of these findings for psychologists, including psychologists not employed in correctional settings, are highlighted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)389-396
Number of pages8
JournalProfessional Psychology: Research and Practice
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2004


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