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PSYCHOPATHOLOGY AMONG OFFENDERS IN A NIGERIA PRISON
The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of psychopathology among inmates in a Nigeria prison. It also explored the relationship between psychiatric morbidity and physical comorbidity. Ninety four prisoners were administered sociodemographic questionnaire, General Health Questionnaire (GHQ 28) and Present State Examination was done. PULSE Profile was used to evaluate physical and functional disability. Majority of the inmates were young offenders (62.8%), 57.4% scored 5 and above on GHQ 28. One third of the inmates (32.8%) had depression. There is high prevalence of psychopathology among prison inmates. Continuous efforts should be made to provide adequate mental health services in prisons.
Keywords Psychopathology, Offenders, Prisons, Nigeria