ORCID Identifier(s)

0009-0001-7635-2016

Graduation Semester and Year

2023

Language

English

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work

Department

Social Work

First Advisor

Anne E Nordberg

Abstract

Solitary confinement is a widespread issue that impacts the most vulnerable individuals in our country. The U.S. uses solitary confinement more frequently and for longer periods of time compared to other countries though its use has not proven to be an effective intervention in prisons. Solitary confinement limits the individual’s ability to connect with peers, friends, and family as visits are restricted, thus impacting their mental health. This thesis aimed to understand the impact of solitary confinement of self-harm and suicide among adults in U.S. prisons; This thesis also attempted to shed light on the theoretical lenses that were stated or implied along with exploring how the variation in results distributed over time and space. The research questions were explored through a scoping review, performed with six peer reviewed articles that met the inclusion criteria using four various databases. The findings from this scoping review strongly align with previous research that solitary confinement is a risk factor for self-harm and/or suicide. Keywords: solitary confinement, adults, prisons, self-harm, suicide, mental health, United States

Keywords

Solitary confinement, Adults, Suicide, Self-harm, Mental health, Prisons, United States

Disciplines

Social and Behavioral Sciences | Social Work

License

Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Comments

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