Understanding the needs of vulnerable prisoners: the role of social and emotional wellbeing

Maxwell, Yvonne, Day, Andrew, and Casey, Sharon (2013) Understanding the needs of vulnerable prisoners: the role of social and emotional wellbeing. International Journal of Prisoner Health, 9 (2). pp. 57-67.

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Purpose: Social and emotional wellbeing (SEWB) is a term used to refer to the state of an individual's overall wellbeing. This review aims to consider the importance of understanding and assessing SEWB in prisoner populations, and identify potentially important differences between groups of prisoners, including those who identify as from minority cultural backgrounds (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander in Australia), protective custody prisoners, remand prisoners, prisoners identified with an intellectual disability, and prisoners with an acquired brain injury.

Design/methodology/approach: The paper is a general review of the published literature, with a specific focus on work conducted with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Australia.

Findings: Eight domains of SEWB are identified across which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners, along with those in protection units, remandees, and prisoners with intellectual disabilities or acquired brain injuries are likely to experience particularly low levels of functioning. Few programs have been developed to address these needs, although attending to low levels of SEWB has the potential to make a positive contribution to prisoner health, prison management, and offender rehabilitation.

Originality/value: Relatively little literature has considered this topic previously and, as a result, the paper is necessarily descriptive. Nonetheless, issues of SEWB appear to warrant further consideration, particularly in relation to those prisoners who identify with minority cultural groups.

Item ID: 47716
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1744-9200
Keywords: social and emotional wellbeing, mental health, prisoners, aboriginal, mental health services, imprisonment, prisons
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2017 02:09
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920209 Mental Health Services @ 100%
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