prison

Psychological Honours

The Queen’s birthday honours list saw a bumper crop of awards for psychology and Society members – particularly clinical psychologists and those in health care. We spoke  psychology within it.

Dr Hazel Douglas,...

There is a shocking imbalance between the scale of demand for mental health services in prison and the availability of specialist resources to meet it. Prevalence levels of mental health problems among prison populations are anything between five and 15 times greater than...

It was all a bit of a mystery – Scotland’s ‘most violent men’ were not being violent. As a young clinical psychologist, your first author was confronted by this mystery while working in the Barlinnie Special Unit (Boyle, 1977; Cooke, 1989). The unit was a small experimental...

‘It was a terrifying experience... sometimes I didn’t eat and I was losing weight, and my mind was just everywhere. I couldn’t think straight.’

With the media awash with stories of prison being too soft and providing a ‘cushy’ lifestyle for inmates, it is...