Assessment of the mental health of convicted prisoners and those under temporary arrest
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Arch Psych Psych 2010;12(1):37–45
The authors present epidemiological data regarding the mental health of prisoners in Polish penitential units. No such assessment has yet been made in an Eastern European country. The process of deinstitutionalization is not as rapid or advanced in Poland as in Western countries. The following question arises: is there as a large proportion of prisoners with mental disorders as in other countries? On the basis of the studies carried out, it may be stated that in Poland a significant number of such cases are underdiagnosed. However, a relatively large number of disorders related to substance abuse are observed, most commonly alcohol abuse.