An evaluation of new services for personality-disordered offenders: staff and service user perspectives

Fortune, Zoe and Rose, Diana and Crawford, Mike and Slade, Mike and Spence, Ruth and Mudd, David and Barrett, Barbara and Coid, Jeremy and Tyrer, Peter and Moran, Paul (2010) An evaluation of new services for personality-disordered offenders: staff and service user perspectives. International Journal of Social Psychiatry .

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Abstract

Background: Little is known about effective treatment for personality-disordered (PD) offenders. We aimed to obtain the perspective of service users and staff on: (a) the experience of receiving treatment; and (b) the experience of delivering treatment, within new forensic services for PD offenders.
Material: Thematic analysis was applied to qualitative interviews with 30 service users and 22 staff.
Discussion: Service users perceived that they were making positive changes in the areas of anger management, communication, self-harm, self-esteem and insight into their difficulties. Undertaking the clinical work was extremely stressful for staff.
Conclusions: Forensic PD services may be having an important impact on the quality of service users’ lives. Whether treatment is successful in reducing long-term risk to others remains to be seen, and the cost-effectiveness of these services needs to be examined.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology > Centre for Abuse and Trauma Studies (CATS)
Item ID: 16518
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Depositing User: Ruth Spence
Date Deposited: 29 May 2015 13:30
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:35
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/16518

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