Mental Illness In Prison Case Study

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According to the U.S. Department of Justice, African Americans are more likely to be incarcerated compared to any other major ethnic groups (2010). One of the crucial problems or challenges experienced within prison is the need to provide appropriate mental health treatment services for the applicable diagnosis (U.S. Department of Justice 2011). However, these diagnoses are often skewed or directly influenced by race or an inmate’s racial background forming stigmas toward seeking out treatment among the other inmates. Stigma and race correlated with mental health diagnosis in a penitentiary or correctional facility continues to be a prevalent or widespread obstacle that leads to negative attitudes about mental treatment and ultimately deterring individuals who need services from seeking medical or psychiatric care. …show more content…

The current study examines the possible correlation between race and mental health diagnosis and the multiple forms of stigma associated with them via ethnographic surveys and interviews with former and current incarcerated Black American men over a fifteen-week period. These surveys were constructed to assess or evaluate incarcerated persons’ perceptions of negative attitudes toward seeking out treatment, their diagnosis, and actual rejection

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