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Preventing Suicide and Other Self-Harm in Prison
Edited by Greg E. Dear
 
 
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12 Oct 2006
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The high rate of suicide and other self-harm in prisons around the world is a matter of major concern to all those who work in prisons, prison reformers, prisoners and their families. In this collection, the first of its kind, Greg Dear gathers together an international array of academics, experts and practitioners to provide a comprehensive overview of the prevention of suicide and self-harm in custodial settings. Arguing that self-harming actions emanate from the interaction between personal vulnerability and situational factors, this book explores the processes that underpin such behaviour, what policies should be implemented, and why an integrated holistic system is vital to the success of prevention strategies.

Including contributions from psychologists, prison reform professionals, criminologists, law and social work experts as well as experts on suicide prevention in prisons, this book assesses theoretical and research issues alongside key prevention strategies and the specific concerns that arise within women's prisons and juvenile institutions, and from deaths in custody. Considering the main theories, models and organization considerations needed to inform the development of prevention systems, this study is an essential addition to the study of penology.


Description

The high rate of suicide and other self-harm in prisons around the world is a matter of major concern to all those who work in prisons, prison reformers, prisoners and their families. In this collection, the first of its kind, Greg Dear gathers together an international array of academics, experts and practitioners to provide a comprehensive overview of the prevention of suicide and self-harm in custodial settings. Arguing that self-harming actions emanate from the interaction between personal vulnerability and situational factors, this book explores the processes that underpin such behaviour, what policies should be implemented, and why an integrated holistic system is vital to the success of prevention strategies.

Including contributions from psychologists, prison reform professionals, criminologists, law and social work experts as well as experts on suicide prevention in prisons, this book assesses theoretical and research issues alongside key prevention strategies and the specific concerns that arise within women's prisons and juvenile institutions, and from deaths in custody. Considering the main theories, models and organization considerations needed to inform the development of prevention systems, this study is an essential addition to the study of penology.


Reviews

'It is a long time since I felt genuinely excited by a book on such a sombre topic. However this edited volume is a model of its kind in demonstrating how systematic scientific analysis can be combined with commitment, creativity and the insights of experience in providing positive ways forward in an area that has rarely furnished grounds for optimism...this well-crafted set of contributions...is both practical and thought-provoking, and deserves to be seen as essential reading for anyone concerned with prisons.' - Adrian Needs, University of Portsmouth (formerly of HM Prison Service), UK


Contents

List of Figures and Tables
Preface
Notes on Contributors
PART I: THEORETICAL AND RESEARCH FOUNDATIONS
Psychological Perspectives on Intentional Self-harm; L.Pollock& J.M.G.Williams
The Role of the Prison Environment in Prison Suicide and Prisoner Distress; A.Liebling
The Likely Role of Criminogenic Factors in Prisoners' Self-harming Behaviour; G.J.Hall, S.Fisher& G.E.Dear
PART II: CLINICAL STRATEGIES
Screening Prisoners for Suicide Risk; E.Blaauw& A.J.F.M.Kerkhof
Clinical and Management Response to Incidents of Non-fatal Self-harm in Prison; G.E.Dear
Treatment Needs of Prisoners who are at Risk of Self-harming; G.E.Dear
A Structured Intervention for Prisoners who are at Risk of Self-harming; L.Eccleston& L.Sorbello
Reducing Suicidal Behaviours in Custodial Settings: Administrative Challenges; A.Ivanoff& H.Schmidt, III
PART III: BROAD-BASED PREVENTION STRATEGIES
Improving Staff-prisoner Relationships; A.Liebling& S.Tait
Minimising Violence and Intimidation among Prisoners; G.Brigden& K.Edgar
Enhancing Prisoners' Coping Skills; G.E.Dear, J.Borrill, T.Kirschner, M.Forns, M.Daigle& F.H.Biggam
Managing Prisoners with Mental Health Problems and Other Special Needs; R.L.Bonner
The Role of Peer Support in Reducing Self-harm in Prisons; L.Snow& K.Biggar
Suicide Prevention and Designing Safer Prison Cells; L.M.Hayes
PART IV: SYSTEMS ISSUES
Self-harm of Juvenile and Young Adult Prison Inmates: Conditions and Consequences; W.Greve, D.Hosser& C.Bosold
Gender Issues and Considerations for Preventing Self-harm in Women's Prisons; O.Themeli
Responding to a Self-inflicted Death in Custody: Support Services and Postvention; J.Borrill& J.Hall
Responding to Suicides in Custody: Review Processes; L.M.Hayes
Ethical and Legal Issues for Mental Health Professionals Working with Suicidal Prisoners; A.Allan, W.Packman, G.E.Dear, T.O'Connor Pennuto, J.Orthwein& B.Bongar
PART IV: INTEGRATION
The Need for an Integrated System to Minimise the Incidence of Suicide and Other Self-harm in Prison; G.E.Dear
References
Index


Authors

GREG E. DEAR is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the Edith Cowan University, Australia. Previously, he worked as a clinical psychologist, specializing in addiction in families and prisons. He has published on self-harm in prisons, prisoners' coping behaviour, psychological measurement and substance abuse and the family. He is a member of the task force on Suicide in Prisons of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP).