A Study of the Mental Wellbeing of Imprisoned Women in Iran

Authors

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

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.26417/ejser.v11i2.p10-14

Keywords:

capital punishment, women, prison, mental wellbeing, Iran

Abstract

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.

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Published

2017-10-06