Offense-Related Issues in Forensic Psychiatric Treatment : A Thematic Analysis

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Askola , R , Soininen , P & Seppänen , A 2020 , ' Offense-Related Issues in Forensic Psychiatric Treatment : A Thematic Analysis ' , Frontiers in psychiatry , vol. 10 , 925 .

Title: Offense-Related Issues in Forensic Psychiatric Treatment : A Thematic Analysis
Author: Askola, Riitta; Soininen, Päivi; Seppänen, Allan
Contributor organization: HUS Psychiatry
Department of Psychiatry
Helsinki University Hospital Area
Date: 2020-01-08
Language: eng
Number of pages: 12
Belongs to series: Frontiers in psychiatry
ISSN: 1664-0640
Abstract: Characteristics unique to forensic psychiatric treatment include coming to terms with the offenses committed, the long duration of treatment and the assessment of the risk of repeat offending. This study describes the views of both patients and staff on the significance of the patient’s offense as a part of forensic psychiatric rehabilitation. Eight forensic psychiatric patients and eight forensic psychiatric nurses from two forensic psychiatric hospitals in Finland participated in this study. Data were gathered by means of thematic interview and analyzed by means of thematic analysis. The findings suggest that patients and professionals alike concur that ascertaining the factors with a bearing on the offense, and working through the offense and the factors leading up to it, constitute an essential aspect of forensic treatment. This, in turn, has a bearing on the planning and administration of a treatment plan consisting of both medical and psychosocial support and interventions intended to enable patients to live independent, fulfilling lives, thus reducing the likelihood of reoffending. The findings of this study can be used as part of the development of international, standardized treatment models for clinical forensic psychiatric practices.
Description: Publisher Copyright: © Copyright © 2020 Askola, Soininen and Seppänen.
Subject: forensic psychiatry
good lives model
3124 Neurology and psychiatry
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by
Usage restriction: openAccess
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