About 4% of all prisoners can be diagnosed with a psychotic disorder, but it is largely unknown how these prisoners function during imprisonment. The present study aimed to describe symptoms of psychotic prisoners during imprisonment and incidents caused by them as well as care provided to these prisoners. A total of 61 prisoners were observed for a maximum of 12 weeks. Results show that poverty of speech and blunted affect significantly decreased over time. The largest group of psychotic prisoners either did not suffer from positive psychotic symptoms or the encountered positive psychotic symptoms exhibited a steady or decreasing pattern during their imprisonment. Reasons for these findings still remain unclear.

Course, Prison, Psychosis, Symptoms
dx.doi.org/10.1080/17449200701682436, hdl.handle.net/1765/62054
International Journal of Prisoner Health
Department of Psychiatry

Blaauw, E, Roozen, H.G, & van Marle, H.J.C. (2007). Saved by structure? The course of psychosis within a prison population. International Journal of Prisoner Health, 3(4), 248–256. doi:10.1080/17449200701682436