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Effect of age, time spent in prison and level of education on the perceived health and quality of life of elderly prisoners

Effect of age, time spent in prison and level of education on the perceived health and quality of... The purpose of this paper is to assess the level of perceived health and quality of life of elderly prisoners in France, and to see whether there is a link between aging, time spent in prison and level of education and scores for perceived health and quality of life.Design/methodology/approachThe authors’ recruited 138 male prisoners aged 50 and over in seven French prisons. The research protocol comprised a semi-structured interview and two scales.FindingsThe results revealed low levels of perceived health and quality of life among the elderly inmates. They also showed that age was not statistically associated with most of the dimensions of perceived health on the Nottingham Health Profile (NHP), with the exception of poor mobility. By contrast, age was statistically associated with most of the dimensions of quality of life on the WHOQOL-Bref. Time spent in prison was only associated negatively with the “sleep” dimension of the NHP. Emotional reactions were perceived most positively by the inmates with the highest level of education.Practical implicationsIt seems particularly important to assess the perceived health and quality of life of elderly prisoners in order to ensure their appropriate treatment and management.Originality/valueVery few studies have examined the perceived health and quality of life of prisoners, even though this population is particularly vulnerable in terms of physical and mental health. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Prisoner Health Emerald Publishing

Effect of age, time spent in prison and level of education on the perceived health and quality of life of elderly prisoners

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
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© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
1744-9200
DOI
10.1108/ijph-09-2018-0048
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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to assess the level of perceived health and quality of life of elderly prisoners in France, and to see whether there is a link between aging, time spent in prison and level of education and scores for perceived health and quality of life.Design/methodology/approachThe authors’ recruited 138 male prisoners aged 50 and over in seven French prisons. The research protocol comprised a semi-structured interview and two scales.FindingsThe results revealed low levels of perceived health and quality of life among the elderly inmates. They also showed that age was not statistically associated with most of the dimensions of perceived health on the Nottingham Health Profile (NHP), with the exception of poor mobility. By contrast, age was statistically associated with most of the dimensions of quality of life on the WHOQOL-Bref. Time spent in prison was only associated negatively with the “sleep” dimension of the NHP. Emotional reactions were perceived most positively by the inmates with the highest level of education.Practical implicationsIt seems particularly important to assess the perceived health and quality of life of elderly prisoners in order to ensure their appropriate treatment and management.Originality/valueVery few studies have examined the perceived health and quality of life of prisoners, even though this population is particularly vulnerable in terms of physical and mental health.

Journal

International Journal of Prisoner HealthEmerald Publishing

Published: Jun 7, 2019

Keywords: Mental health; Psychological health; Quality of life; Elderly prisoners; Perceived health; Forensic psychiatry

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