Group-work therapeutic engagement in a high secure hospital: male service user perspectives

Mason, Kathryn and Adler, Joanna R. (2012) Group-work therapeutic engagement in a high secure hospital: male service user perspectives. British Journal of Forensic Practice, 14 (2). pp. 92-103. ISSN 1463-6646

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/14636641211223657

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Abstract

This paper discusses a service user perspective of factors that influence engagement in therapeutic group-work within a high secure hospital environment. An opportunistic sample of eleven male service users were interviewed, using a semi-structured protocol. This was underpinned by social and psychological factors highlighted within the literature, and concepts drawn from the Health Belief Model (HBM, Rosenstock, 1974). In accordance with service-user led initiatives, interview questions were open-ended, designed to invite and encourage exploration of themes through general discussion. Research findings were analysed through an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) approach to identify emergent themes of apparent influence. Themes were identified, and which were categorised into emergent themes and related sub themes. Emergent themes were then considered in relation to the theories and concepts that underpinned and connected them. The most substantial theme was culture of the environment, closely linked to the concepts of choice, which stem from and are greatly influenced by culture. Participants highlighted additional influential areas, namely relationships, trust, motivation, group-work content and expected outcomes.

Item Type:Article
Research Areas:Middlesex University Schools and Centres > School of Science and Technology > Forensic Psychology Research Group
Middlesex University Schools and Centres > School of Science and Technology > Psychology
ID Code:7230
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