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An integrated exploration of psychological distress among older prisoners

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posted on 16.05.2017, 23:33 by SUSAN HANA BAIDAWI
This thesis focuses on the mental well-being of older prisoners, the fastest growing age group in many prisoner populations. Levels of psychological distress measured among older prisoners in Victoria and New South Wales were much higher than those seen among older people in the general community. Individual fixed factors such as mental health history were found to be associated with older prisoners’ levels of distress. However modifiable aspects of the prison environment, such as the level of social support, ease of healthcare access and suitability of the built environment, were also key elements associated with older prisoners’ levels of distress.


Principal supervisor

Christopher John Trotter

Additional supervisor 1

Catherine Flynn

Additional supervisor 2

Daniel O'Connor

Year of Award


Department, School or Centre

Social Work

Campus location



Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type



Faculty of Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences