Correlates of Mental Health Status of Prisoners – An Empirical Study

  • V Narasimman Ph.D Research Scholar, Cauvery College for Women, Annamalainagar, Trichy
  • G Kanaga Professor & Head, Department of Social Work, Cauvery College for Women, Annamalainagar, Trichy
Keywords: Prisoners, mental health, depression, anxiety, stress, resilience, emotional intelligence, coping


Good mental health status enhances a person to make right decisions, to have control over his emotions, increases his resilience and coping challenges in his day to day life.  On the contrary the low level of mental health status leads unwise decision making, uncontrolled emotions failure to cope up with the crisis situations results in impulsive behaviours sometimes result in violation of law. People who commit heinous crimes are incarcerated for their correction and rehabilitation. Incarceration alone may not help in bringing behavioural changes, the mental health status of the prisoners needs to be enhanced in order to prevent recidivism. The mental health of a person may be determined by the socio-economic factors, resilience, emotional intelligence and coping ability of that person. The mental health status of the prisoners could be assessed by assessing certain variables like depression, anxiety and stress.

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