Samson Ishaya Dashit


The experiences of inmates and their present situation of being incarcerated was what precipitated theses research on their mental health. Trauma symptom checklist-40(TSCL-40) was the instrument used with 120 participants (77 males and 43 females) purposefully chosen among the inmates with the mean age of 33.28 while six hypotheses were tested using independent T-test.  Findings of the study showed that compared with females, male participants did not significantly have a higher mean score on dissociation [t (118) = 1.346, p = 0.182], anxiety [t (118) = -0.305, p = 0.761], depression [t (118) = -0.078, p = 0.938], sexual abuse trauma index [t (118)= 0.374, p = 0.709],sleep disturbance [t (118)= 0.780, p = 0.437],and sexual problems [t (118) = 0.271, p = -0.893).In conclusion, there is a need for more studies on mental health in other correctional facilities and the establishment of correctional clinical interventions which could assist in the management and treatment of such traumatic symptoms was recommended.


Psychological Trauma Symptoms, Mental Health, Inmates, Correctional Facilities, Plateau State.

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