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

Fortune, Zoe, Rose, Diana, Crawford, Mike, Slade, Mike, Spence, Ruth ORCID logoORCID:, Mudd, David, Barrett, Barbara, Coid, Jeremy, 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 . [Article]

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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: 30 May 2019 18:31

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