Patients' experiences of forensic psychotherapy

Yakeley, Jessica and Wood, Heather (2011) Patients' experiences of forensic psychotherapy. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 25 (1). pp. 105-114. ISSN 0266-8734

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In forensic psychotherapy there may be competing goals and agendas, influenced respectively by concerns about mental health and well-being, risk reduction and psychodynamically-significant change. There has, to date, been no published study of the goals and concerns of forensic patients undergoing therapy. Semi-structured interviews with ten patients considered by their therapists as having gained from forensic psychotherapy were analysed thematically. Results indicate the importance to patients of trust and acceptance in the therapeutic relationship, and changes in the domains of perception of self and interpersonal functioning as well as changes in problematic behaviours. These findings have implications for the choice of measures in systematic outcome research.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Forensic Psychotherapy, Patient Experience, Goals and Aims of Therapy,Research
Subjects: Criminology > Forensic Psychotherapy
Department/People: Adult and Forensic Services

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