What is the pattern of self-harm and prison rule-breaking behaviour in personality disordered offenders in a high secure prison?

De Motte, C. ORCID: 0000-0003-1020-3226, Bailey, D. ORCID: 0000-0001-5823-7746, Hunter, M. and Bennett, A.L., 2017. What is the pattern of self-harm and prison rule-breaking behaviour in personality disordered offenders in a high secure prison? Journal of Criminal Psychology, 7 (4), pp. 287-301. ISSN 2009-3829

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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to describe the pattern of self-harm (SH) and proven prison-rule-breaking (PRB) behaviour in prisoners receiving treatment for personality disorders (PDs) within a high secure prison.
Design/methodology/approach – A comparative quantitative case study design supported the understanding of the frequency and pattern of SH and PRB behavior across two stages of a personality disorder (PD) treatment programme for 74 male prisoners. Data obtained from the prison’s records was analysed using dependent t tests, chi square test of independence and time-frequency analyses.
Findings – Inferential statistics showed that the frequency of SH and PRB behaviour statistically increased across two phases of the PD treatment programme, however the method of SH or type of PRB behaviour engaged in did not change. Mapping the frequencies of incidents using a time-frequency analysis shows the patterns of both behaviours to be erratic, peaking in the latter phase of treatment, yet the frequency of incidents tended to decline over time.
Originality/value – This is the first study to explore SH and PRB behaviours in men across two phases of a PD treatment programme. This study highlights the need for continued psychological support alongside the PD treatment programme with a focus on supporting men in treatment to effectively manage their SH and PRB behaviour.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Criminal Psychology
Creators: De Motte, C., Bailey, D., Hunter, M. and Bennett, A.L.
Publisher: Emerald
Date: October 2017
Volume: 7
Number: 4
ISSN: 2009-3829
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1108/JCP-01-2017-0004DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 13 Sep 2017 10:39
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2018 13:16
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/31585

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