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Table 3 Demographic and therapy factors for 230 inmates receiving interventions, according to prisoner category1

From: Mental health consultations in a prison population: a descriptive study

  Remand prisoners N = 42 Sentenced N = 172 On preventive detention N = 16 Total therapy population N= 230
Male gender (%) 38 (91) 157 (91) 15 (94) 210 (91)
Mean age *** (SD, range) 30.1 (8.5, 18–50) 33.7 (8.7, 16–56) 42.3 (11.0, 24–64) 33.7 (9.2, 16–64)
Ethnic Norwegian ** (%) 25 (60) 109 (63) 16 (100) 150 (65)
Psychiatric problem areas(%)     
   Psychoactive substance use 21 (50) 94 (55) 8 (50) 123 (53)
   Depression 26 (62) 78 (45) 6 (38) 112 (48)
   Personality deviance * 14 (33) 79 (46) 11 (69) 104 (45)
   Anxiety 22 (52) 72 (42) 4 (25) 98 (43)
   Posttraumatic stress * 3 (7) 37 (22) 0 (0) 40 (17)
   Psychosis 5 (12) 18 (11) 2 (13) 25 (11)
   ADHD *** 2 (5) 11 (6) 0 (0) 13 (6)
   Sexual deviance *** 0 (0) 1 (1) 8 (50) 9 (4)
   Other *** 3 (7) 8 (5) 0 (0) 11 (5)
In individual therapy *** (%) 42 (100) 171 (100) 10 (63) 223 (97)
   Regular 34 (81) 140 (82) 9 (90) 183 (82)
   Ad hoc/emergency session 8 (19) 31 (18) 1 (10) 40 (18)
In group therapy *** (%) 0 (0) 4 (2) 8 (50) 12 (5)
Psychopharmacological treatment (%) 26 (63) 87 (51) 6 (38) 119 (52)
Therapy needs met (%)     
   Yes 28 (74) 102 (61) 13 (87) 143 (65)
   Partly 9 (24) 53 (32) 1 (7) 63 (29)
   No 1 (3) 13 (8) 1 (7) 15 (7)
  1. 1 As all questions had not been answered for all patients, numbers do not always add up to 230 Significant group differences (t-test, Chi square, Exact test): * p ≤ .05, ** p ≤ .01, *** p ≤ 0.001