Journal article

Comparison of social circumstances, substance use and substance-related harm in soon-to-be-released prisoners with and without intellectual disability

A Bhandari, K van Dooren, G Eastgate, N Lennox, SA Kinner

JOURNAL OF INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY RESEARCH | WILEY | Published : 2015

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The transition out of prison is likely to be a challenging time for prisoners with intellectual disability (ID). However, little evidence exists to inform interventions for people with ID making this transition. In this study we aimed to describe social circumstances, patterns of substance use and substance-related harm in soon-to-be-released prisoners with ID. We compare this group with those without ID, to better understand how the health-related needs of this group compare with the 'mainstream' prison population. METHODS: Data came from face-to-face, confidential interviews with 1325 adult prisoners in seven adult prisons in Queensland, Australia. Prisoners with ID were identi..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors wish to thank participants in the Passports project and Queensland Corrective Services for supporting the project. The Passports project was funded by NHMRC Strategic Award #409966. Stuart Kinner is supported by NHMRC Career Development Award #1004765. The authors wish to acknowledge the invaluable contribution to study conceptualisation and design of the late Professor Konrad Jamrozik.