Investigator: Jacinta Connor
Rationale and aims:
- Mental illness occurs at a disproportionately high rate in incarcerated offenders
- The prison environment introduces stressors likely to elevate an inmate’s level of distress.
- Mechanisms to identify and treat sub-clinical levels of distress that impact on a prisoner’s psychological wellbeing are limited.
- This research aims to investigate the prevalence and correlates of psychological distress and evaluate the utility of brief interventions targeted at reducing psychological distress.
- Approximately 1100 prisoners will be invited to complete an anonymous survey
- Associations between variables measured will be analysed to determine the relationship between stress and wellbeing.
- The data will be analysed to determine the most salient factors that contribute to the wellbeing.
- Based on these results, efficacy of a brief psycho-educational intervention designed to reduce psychological distress levels in prisoners will be measured