Prison Unhealthy Lifestyle and Poor Mental Health of Older Persons-A Qualitative Study.
JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift)
ID 4637011
Author(s) Pageau, Félix; Cornaz, Corinne Devaud; Gothuey, Isabelle; Seaward, Helene; Wangmo, Tenzin; Elger, Bernice S
Author(s) at UniBasel Wangmo, Tenzin
Seaward, Helene
Elger, Bernice Simone
Year 2021
Title Prison Unhealthy Lifestyle and Poor Mental Health of Older Persons-A Qualitative Study.
Journal Frontiers in psychiatry
Volume 12
Pages / Article-Number 690291
Keywords food; lifestyle-related disease; mental health care; physical activity; prison

Background:; Mental healthcare and lifestyle habits in prison, especially for older individuals, has been shown to be suboptimal. Most psychiatric conditions left untreated worsen food choices, physical inactivity, and substance abuse. In turn, bad habits lead to poorer mental health.; Methods:; To comprehensively illustrate this downward spiraling, we completed a thorough analysis of data obtained through semi-structured qualitative interviews. There were 50 interviews of aging incarcerated people included in this article. They were analyzed following a classical six-stepped thematic analysis.; Results:; According to our participants, sports are not well-adapted to aging individuals, nor to people with medical conditions. Prison is even more unadapted for those who both are aging and have medical conditions. Also, food served is less than optimal. According to our interviews, the older imprisoned individual often does not have access to food adapted to his or her medical conditions. Sport is maladapted for older incarcerated individuals and mostly tailored for younger ones. Finally, boredom and lack of responsibility hinder change toward a better lifestyle for older adults in prison.; Conclusion:; Our paper shows why prison environmental modifications are needed to help older adults with their lifestyle habits. It also exposes an original way to see the relationship between mental health and lifestyle habits.

ISSN/ISBN 1664-0640
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Digital Object Identifier DOI 10.3389/fpsyt.2021.690291
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