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

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Fortune, Z., Rose, D., Crawford, M., Slade, M., Spence, R., Mudd, D., Barrett, B., Coid, J., Tyrer, P. and Moran, P. 2010. An evaluation of new services for personality-disordered offenders: staff and service user perspectives. International Journal of Social Psychiatry.
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TitleAn evaluation of new services for personality-disordered offenders: staff and service user perspectives
AuthorsFortune, Z., Rose, D., Crawford, M., Slade, M., Spence, R., Mudd, D., Barrett, B., Coid, J., Tyrer, P. and Moran, P.
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.

Research GroupCentre for Abuse and Trauma Studies (CATS)
LanguageEnglish
PublisherSAGE Publications
JournalInternational Journal of Social Psychiatry
ISSN0020-7640
Electronic1741-2854
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Print2010
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Deposited29 May 2015
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