Single and multiple clinical syndromes in incarcerated offenders: Associations with dissociative experiences and emotionality

C. Garofalo, P. Velotti, Cristina Crocamo, Giuseppe Carrá

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Abstract

The present study examined the prevalence and correlates of clinical syndromes in a large group (N = 438) of incarcerated violent offenders, looking at differences between inmates with one and those with more than one clinical syndromes. More than a half of the sample (57%) reported clinically relevant symptoms for at least one clinical syndrome (n = 252), and the majority of them (38%) reported more syndromes in comorbidity (n = 169). Increased severity of clinical conditions (none, one, more than one syndrome) corresponded with significantly greater levels of personality disorder traits, psychological
symptoms, dissociation, and negative emotionality, with large effect sizes. After
controlling for co-occurrence of personality disorder traits and other symptoms, the presence of more than one comorbid syndrome significantly predicted unique variance in dissociation (positively) and positive emotionality (negatively). The presence of one clinical syndrome significantly and positively predicted negative emotionality. Findings support the possibility that the complexity, and not just the presence, of psychopathology could identify different groups of inmates.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1300–1316
JournalInternational Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Volume62
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Keywords

  • Adult
  • Comorbidity
  • Dissociative Disorders/diagnosis
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders/diagnosis
  • Negativism
  • Prisoners/psychology
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales

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