Study on Personality Disorder in a Nigerian Prison Community

Background: Personality disorders have been recognized and identified as a medical diagnosis since the 19th century, but very few epidemiological studies have been conducted. The lack of information in the prisons about this condition contributed to the estimation of its prevalence in Nigeria’s Agodi prisons.

Objective: To create the prevalence of personality disorder in Nigeria’s prison population.

Methods: Using the International Personality Disorder Assessment (IPDE), a semi-structured questionnaire updated to adhere to the DSM 111-R and ICD-10 classifications, a total of 213 inmates who met the study criteria were interviewed. Cross tabulation of the variables was obtained using chi-square and t- analyses using the Statistical Kit for Social Sciences (SPSS/PC+).

Performance: The results found that at least 31% of prison prisoners had the most common personality disorders of antisocial personality disorder. A strong correlation was formed between crime and personality disorder, and the need for prison medical treatment was recommended. Educational packages with an emphasis on vocational and technical education should be implemented in Nigerian prisons as part of correctional services.

Author (s) Details

Enyidah Nonyenim Solomon
Department of medicine, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, College of Health Science, Rivers State University Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria.

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