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To systematically review studies from Irish prisons that estimate the prevalence of major mental illness, alcohol and substance misuse, and homelessness at the time of committal.
Healthcare databases were searched for studies quantifying the point prevalence for each outcome of interest. Searches were augmented by scanning of bibliographies and searches of governmental and non-governmental websites. Proportional meta-analyses were completed for each outcome.
We found eight, six and five studies quantifying the point prevalence of major mental illness, substance misuse, and homelessness respectively. Considerable heterogeneity was found for each subgroup (except psychosis where substantial heterogeneity was observed) and random effects models were used to calculate pooled percentages. The pooled percentage for psychotic disorder was 3.6% [95% confidence interval (CI) 3.0–4.2%], for affective disorder 4.3% (95% CI 2.1–7.1%), for alcohol use disorder 28.3% (95% CI 19.9–37.4%), for substance use disorder 50.9% (95% CI 37.6–64.2%) and for those who were homeless on committal 17.4% (95% CI 8.7–28.4%).
Estimates for the prevalence of psychotic illness and substance abuse amongst Irish prisoners are in keeping with international estimates of morbidity in prisons, whilst those for affective disorders are lower. The prevalence of homelessness in committal to Irish prisons is higher than some international estimates. Rates for psychoses, alcohol and substance misuse as well as homelessness in Irish prisons are significantly higher than the general population prevalence of these vulnerabilities. A need for service development is discussed.
Prisoners have an exceptional risk of suicide. Cognitive–behavioural therapy for suicidal behaviour has been shown to offer considerable potential, but has yet to be formally evaluated within prisons. This study investigated the feasibility of delivering and evaluating a novel, manualized cognitive–behavioural suicide prevention (CBSP) therapy for suicidal male prisoners.
A pilot randomized controlled trial of CBSP in addition to treatment as usual (CBSP; n = 31) compared with treatment as usual (TAU; n = 31) alone was conducted in a male prison in England. The primary outcome was self-injurious behaviour occurring within the past 6 months. Secondary outcomes were dimensions of suicidal ideation, psychiatric symptomatology, personality dysfunction and psychological determinants of suicide, including depression and hopelessness. The trial was prospectively registered (number ISRCTN59909209).
Relative to TAU, participants receiving CBSP therapy achieved a significantly greater reduction in suicidal behaviours with a moderate treatment effect [Cohen's d = −0.72, 95% confidence interval −1.71 to 0.09; baseline mean TAU: 1.39 (s.d. = 3.28) v. CBSP: 1.06 (s.d. = 2.10), 6 months mean TAU: 1.48 (s.d. = 3.23) v. CBSP: 0.58 (s.d. = 1.52)]. Significant improvements were achieved on measures of psychiatric symptomatology and personality dysfunction. Improvements on psychological determinants of suicide were non-significant. More than half of the participants in the CBSP group achieved a clinically significant recovery by the end of therapy, compared with a quarter of the TAU group.
The delivery and evaluation of CBSP therapy within a prison is feasible. CBSP therapy offers significant promise in the prevention of prison suicide and an adequately powered randomized controlled trial is warranted.
Newell & Shanks (N&S) argue against the idea that any significant role for unconscious influences on decision making has been established by research to date. Inasmuch as this conclusion applies to the idea of an “intelligent cognitive unconscious,” we would agree. Our concern is that the article could lead the unwary to conclude that there are no unconscious influences on decision making – and never could be. We give reasons why this may not be the case.
Being physically assaulted is known to increase the risk of the occurrence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms but it may also skew judgements about the intentions of other people. The objectives of the study were to assess paranoia and PTSD after an assault and to test whether theory-derived cognitive factors predicted the persistence of these problems.
At 4 weeks after hospital attendance due to an assault, 106 people were assessed on multiple symptom measures (including virtual reality) and cognitive factors from models of paranoia and PTSD. The symptom measures were repeated 3 and 6 months later.
Factor analysis indicated that paranoia and PTSD were distinct experiences, though positively correlated. At 4 weeks, 33% of participants met diagnostic criteria for PTSD, falling to 16% at follow-up. Of the group at the first assessment, 80% reported that since the assault they were excessively fearful of other people, which over time fell to 66%. Almost all the cognitive factors (including information-processing style during the trauma, mental defeat, qualities of unwanted memories, self-blame, negative thoughts about self, worry, safety behaviours, anomalous internal experiences and cognitive inflexibility) predicted later paranoia and PTSD, but there was little evidence of differential prediction.
Paranoia after an assault may be common and distinguishable from PTSD but predicted by a strikingly similar range of factors.
EMU is a wide-field radio continuum survey planned for the new Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) telescope. The primary goal of EMU is to make a deep (rms ∼ 10 μJy/beam) radio continuum survey of the entire Southern sky at 1.3 GHz, extending as far North as +30° declination, with a resolution of 10 arcsec. EMU is expected to detect and catalogue about 70 million galaxies, including typical star-forming galaxies up to z ∼ 1, powerful starbursts to even greater redshifts, and active galactic nuclei to the edge of the visible Universe. It will undoubtedly discover new classes of object. This paper defines the science goals and parameters of the survey, and describes the development of techniques necessary to maximise the science return from EMU.
The passive film stability of several Fe-based amorphous metal formulations have been found to be comparable to that of high-performance Ni-based alloys, and superior to that of stainless steels, based on electrochemical measurements of the passive film breakdown potential and general corrosion rates. Chromium (Cr), molybdenum (Mo) and tungsten (W) provide corrosion resistance; boron (B) enables glass formation; and rare earths such as yttrium (Y) lower critical cooling rate (CCR). The high boron content of this particular amorphous metal also makes it an effective neutron absorber, and suitable for criticality control applications, as discussed in companion publications. Corrosion data for SAM2X5 (Fe49.7Cr17.7Mn1.9Mo7.4W1.6B15.2C3.8Si2.4) is discussed here.
We investigate the ion beam damage of clean Au (001) single crystals prepared under standard surface science techniques using sputter - anneal cycles. Under initial ion milling conditions using 4 keV Xe ions a significant amount of Xe was implanted into the bulk of the crystal. After a short period of time a Xe super structure developed which yielded 12 Å moire fringes under bright field imaging conditions. With a short anneal the implanted Xe concentration was reduced to the detection limit of Parallel Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy (PEELS). With extended annealing, the bulk point defect concentration slowly decayed, independent of the surface reconstruction.
It is demonstrated by ultra-high vacuum transmission electron microscopy that subsurface dislocations and stacking faults strongly interact with the Au (001) (5×n) surface reconstruction. This effect is found in both bulk single crystal and thin fílm samples.
We investigate the evolution of the microstructure of a reconstructed Au (001) single crystal surface using ultra high vacuum transmission electron microscopy (UHV-TEM). Bulk single crystal Au (001) surfaces were prepared via standard metallographic techniques and sputter anneal cycles. After a clean surface was obtained, the (001) surface was found to reconstruct into two nearly orthogonal domains of dimensions (5 × ∼ 20 ) along the <110> directions of the unreconstructed F.C.C. (001) surface. Transmission electron diffraction patterns (TED) and dark field microscopy are the two primary techniques used to determine the symmetry and dimensions of the reconstructed surface.
The growth of intermetallic compounds and the strength of Cu/ Sn and Cu/ 60Sn40Pb butt joints were studied as a function of isothermal aging. The effects of single-crystal (100), (110), and (111) oriented copper on the growth rates of Cu3Sn and Cu6Sn5 intermetallic compounds are characterized and the influence of elevated temperature aging on the tensile strength of butt joints analyzed. Substrate orientation appears to influence the growth rate. Metallographic measurements showed that the intermetallic compounds grew at a rate proportional to the square root of time. Tensile tests of aged butt joints revealed a more complex time dependence.
We investigate the room temperature growth of evaporated Au thin films on both clean and dirty single crystal Ge (111) substrates. The annealing behavior of these films was then examined under low and high temperatures.
The thermal exposure of Fe-Cr-Ni-Mo materials to certain temperature regimes often results in the formation of grain boundary carbides and the associated depletion of alloying elements. This phenomenon, termed sensitization, is frequently the result of welding processes or in service exposure to elevated temperatures. In this investigation, alloy 825, a candidate high-level nuclear waste (HLW) container material, was thermally exposed to temperatures in the range of 550 to 800 °C for periods of up to 1,000 hr. Sensitization of the material was evaluated by corrosion tests and grain boundary analyses using an analytical electron microscope. The sensitized microstructure was found to contain M23C6-type carbides as well as a Cr-depleted region in the vicinity of the grain boundaries. The degree of sensitization was correlated to the extent of Cr depletion in the grain boundary region.
Localized corrosion of high level nuclear waste containers is considered an important factor that will have a strong influence on the overall performance of the proposed repository at Yucca Mountain, NV. The present candidate container material, Alloy 22 [UNS N06022 (57Ni-22Cr-13.5Mo-3W-3Fe)], is highly resistant to localized corrosion. Assessing the performance of the HLW containers also requires an evaluation of localized corrosion resistance and determination of the passive corrosion rate of Alloy 22 weldments. The localized corrosion resistance of welded Alloy 22 specimens was evaluated by measuring the repassivation potential in chloride containing solutions whereas potentiostatic tests were used to determine the passive corrosion rate of the welded material. The results for the welded material are compared to those for the base metal.
As integrated circuit sizes decrease below 0.25 microns, device performance will no longer improve at the same rate as for past generations because of RC interconnect delay which becomes significant as compared to the intrinsic gate delay. Parallel approaches to address this are to use a lower resistance metal (i.e., copper instead of aluminum) and to use a dielectric material with a dielectric constant significantly below that of dense silica (∼4). Recently, considerable progress has been made in development of thin films of nanoporous silica for these applications. Advantages include high thermal stability, small pore size, similarity to conventional spin-on deposition processes and spin-on glass precursors and final material (silica). The dielectric constant of nanoporous silica can be tailored between ∼1 and 3 which allows its’ implementation at multiple technology nodes in integrated circuit manufacture.
Recent development efforts have been focused on; 1) simpler and more reproducible deposition processes, 2) a more complete understanding of processing-property relationships for this material, 3) scale-up of manufacturing to yield a range of precursor products with stability for at least six months and very high purity, and 4) working with customers to integrate this material into both aluminum/gapfill and copper/damascene process flows. This paper targets several specific issues related to nanoporous silica use including water adsorption, pore size distribution control, processing at commercially viable throughputs, and obtaining thickness and dielectric uniformity across 200 mm wafers and wafer to wafer.
The use of chemical solution routes to form inorganic thin films is a relatively new method which represents an alternative to vapor phase routes. The present study involves the use of a chemical solution route, the decomposition of metal carboxylates, to prepare bismuth thin films of controlled porosity. Such morphologies offer the opportunity to disrupt phonon transport without greatly affecting electrical conductivity and bismuth represents a well known system in which to investigate these effects. Porous bismuth thin films have been prepared using bismuth 2-ethylhexanoate (Bi[OOCCH(C2H5)C4H9]3) as the precursor in a solvent of 2-methyl- 1-propanol. The solution is deposited on glass, Kapton, silicon, alumina or magnesia substrates by spin coating and heated to between 250 – 300°C in hydrogen. Heat treatment temperature and time are important for controlling film microstructure as both pore volume (25 to 50%) and preferred orientation depend upon heat treatment conditions. Bismuth films (62 nm thick) with 32% porosity exhibit conductivities in the range of 150 S/cm with Seebeck coefficients comparable to that of bulk materials.
For the geologic disposal of the high level nuclear waste (HLW), aqueous corrosion is considered to be the most important factor in the long-term performance of containers, which are the main components of the engineered barrier subsystem. Container life, in turn, is important to the overall performance of the repository system. The proposed container designs and materials have evolved to include multiple barriers and highly corrosion resistant Ni-Cr-Mo alloys, such as Alloys 625 and C-22. Calculations of container life require knowledge of the initiation time and growth rate of localized corrosion. In the absence of localized corrosion, the rate of general or uniform dissolution, given by the passive current density of these materials, is needed. The onset of localized corrosion may be predicted by using the repassivation and corrosion potentials of the candidate container materials in the range of expected repository environments. In initial corrosion tests, chloride was identified as the most detrimental anionic species to the performance of Ni-Cr-Mo alloys. Repassivation potential measurements for Alloys 825, 625, and C-22, conducted over a wide range of chloride concentrations and temperatures, are reported. In addition, steady state passive current density, which will determine the container lifetime in the absence of localized corrosion, was measured for Alloy C-22 under various environmental conditions.
Microstructural aspects of wear resistance have been investigated using cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy (TEM) to analyze both as-deposited and worn films. Asdeposited Pb-Mo-S films were virtually amorphous, i.e., show no long range structure. Wear tracks revealed a two-part wear process localized at the sliding surface. First, Pb-Mo-S at the sliding surface was transformed into basal-oriented, crystalline MoS2 from I to 4 monolayers thick. Then, as sliding continued, the MoS2 layers were detached one or two layers at a time. Evidence for the nanometer scale wear process is presented.