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Progresses of applying the cognitive behavior therapy to mental intervention for female prisoners

LI Cui-ping1, AI Jia1, CHAI Xiao-dong1, MENG Ying1, CHEN Fu-guo2   

  1. 1.Shanghai Womens Prison, Shanghai  201601, China; 2.Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, Shanghai 200025, China
  • Online:2016-06-28 Published:2016-07-25


With the increasing number of female prisoners worldwide, their mental disorder and recidivism problem also become increasingly severe. Cognitive behavior therapy has significant effect on intervening mental and behavior problems among female prisoners. In addition to traditional cognitive behavior therapy techniques, some new techniques also have remarkable efficacy, such as dialectical behavior therapy and mindfulness therapy. Clinical studies have shown that the combination of cognitive behavior therapy with routine treatment is superior to routine treatment alone. The risk level of female prisoners is consistently associated with the efficacy of cognitive behavior therapy. Female prisoners are more likely to accept cognitive behavior therapy as compared with male prisoners.

Key words: female prisoners, mental disorder, cognitive behavior therapy