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

Zoë Fortune*, Diana Rose, Mike Crawford, Mike Slade, Ruth Spence, David Mudd, Barbara Barrett, Jeremy W. Coid, Peter Tyrer, Paul Moran

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)186-195
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Social Psychiatry
Volume56
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010

Keywords

  • offenders
  • personality disorder
  • qualitative
  • service user
  • staff
  • treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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