Relationship between adherence, symptoms, treatment attitudes, satisfaction, and side effects in prisoners taking antipsychotic medication

Richard Gray, Daniel Thomas Bressington, Judith Lathlean, Alice Mills

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Objective: To examine the nature and clinical correlates of adherence in prisoners prescribed antipsychotic medication, and how these differ from findings in people taking antipsychotic medication who are not in prison. Method: Treatment adherence, satisfaction with antipsychotic medication, drug attitudes, symptoms, medication side effects, and insight (and insight dimensions) were assessed in 44 prisoners taking antipsychotic medication. Results: In a regression model, 52% of prisoners' adherence to antipsychotic medication was predicted by three explanatory variables: 'I feel motivated to take my antipsychotic medication'; 'My antipsychotic medication makes me feel better'; and putting on weight. Conclusion: Adherence interventions for prisoners taking antipsychotic medication may benefit from focusing on increasing personal relevance/ benefit from medication and on enhancing motivation to stick with treatment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)335-351
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Adherence
  • Antipsychotic
  • Attitudes
  • Motivation
  • Prisoners
  • Satisfaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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