Severe Mental Illnesses Among ADAM Arrestees

Arthur Lurigio, Loyola University of Chicago
James A. Swartz, University of Illinois at Chicago
Pamela Loose, NORC, University of Chicago

Although recent studies have identified the prevalence and characteristics of probationers, detainees, and inmates with mental illnesses, no comparable studies have investigated mental illnesses among arrestees. The current research has two purposes: Using synthetic estimation and U.S. census, ADAM, and UCR data, we examined the prevalence of mental illnesses among arrestees and explored the differences between mentally ill and non-mentally ill arrestees on a variety of characteristics. Second, we conducted a pilot study with Chicago arrestees that assessed the utility of two brief standarized screening tools -- the K6 and K10 -- for detecting severe psychological distress.

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Updated 05/20/2006