A Study of the Mental Wellbeing of Imprisoned Women in Iran

  • Jalal Khademi Åbo Akademi University, Vasa, Finland
  • Kaj Björkqvist
  • Karin Österman


The study investigates the mental well-being of 35 women prisoners (mean age = 28.7, SD = 7.6) who all had received the capital punishment, in the Gorgan jail, northeastern Iran. Most of them had received their sentence for killing their husband. A control sample of 35 women of the same age from Gorgan was included. The respondents filled in a paper-and-pencil questionnaire. The imprisoned women scored higher than the controls on aggression, anxiety, and hostility; the controls scored higher than the imprisoned women on social support and emotional self-efficacy. The imprisoned women had, to a greater extent than the controls, a family history with addiction problems and suicidality.
Oct 6, 2017
How to Cite
KHADEMI, Jalal; BJÖRKQVIST, Kaj; ÖSTERMAN, Karin. A Study of the Mental Wellbeing of Imprisoned Women in Iran. European Journal of Social Science Education and Research, [S.l.], v. 4, n. 6, p. 10-14, oct. 2017. ISSN 2312-8429. Available at: <http://journals.euser.org/index.php/ejser/article/view/2739>. Date accessed: 22 nov. 2019. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.26417/ejser.v11i2.p10-14.