Levels of Suicidal Ideations and Intents among the Inmates in the Correctional Institutions in Baghdad City - Iraq
Keywords:Correction Institutions, Inmates, Intents, Suicidal Ideation
Background: Suicidal ideations concern thinking about suicide or an uncommon and inappropriate
preoccupation with suicide. The range of suicidal ideation and intent differs significantly from brief
thoughts to wide thoughts, to comprehensive planning, and role-playing.
Objectives: To explore inmates’ levels of suicidal ideation and intent in the prisons of Baghdad City
and to find out the relationship between these levels and some demographic characteristics of those
Methodology: A descriptive analytic design was used to guide this study which was conducted
from October 15th, 2015 to the June 10th, 2016. A non-probability sample of 100 inmates in Baghdad
correctional institutions was recruited. The study instrument is a questionnaire consisted of nine
demographic characteristics and 19 items represent Beck suicidal ideations and intents scale. Data
were analysed by using descriptive statistical measures of frequency, percent, and distribution; and
inferential analysis (Chi-squire).
Results: The study results displayed that more than half of the inmates are from twenties and thirties
decades (58.0%), 68.0% having elementary and secondary school, half of them are with six to 15
years imprisonment, and 69.0% are married. Three quarters have moderate and high levels of suicidal
ideations and intents. The study also finds that the more the period of imprisonment and the less of
income the inmates have the higher the levels of suicidal ideation they have.
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