'You can have a bit of my pain, see how it feels' - understanding male prisoners who engage in dual harm behaviours

Pickering, A., Blagden, N. ORCID: 0000-0002-4037-0984 and Slade, K. ORCID: 0000-0002-7442-4805, 2022. 'You can have a bit of my pain, see how it feels' - understanding male prisoners who engage in dual harm behaviours. Psychology, Crime & Law. ISSN 1068-316X

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Prison-based violence and self-harm are continuing to rise. Recent research is increasingly showing that for some prisoners, self-harm and violence co-occur, i.e. they engage in dual harm. This study contributes to the developing research and literature focusing on dual harm by presenting an analysis of the dual harm experiences of six men residing in a Category B English prison. Participants were interviewed and their narratives analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA). Superordinate and subordinate themes were identified and shed further light on why men in prison dual harm and what influences their decision to engage in one type of harm over the other at any given time. The findings indicate that co-occurrence is not coincidental. Participants experienced a combination of interlinking factors and complex temporal and experiential relationships underpinning the two behaviours; experiencing difficult and unpredictable environments, an incoherence of sense of self and identity, painful psychological and emotional states, and connections to early adverse experiences. The findings are discussed in line with the growing dual harm research and wider psychological literature. Limitations of the study and future research directions are provided and implications for policy and practice are suggested.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Psychology, Crime & Law
Creators: Pickering, A., Blagden, N. and Slade, K.
Publisher: Routledge
Date: 16 February 2022
ISSN: 1068-316X
Rights: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Psychology, Crime & Law on 16 February 2022, available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/1068316X.2022.2037593
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 03 Feb 2022 15:01
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2023 03:00
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/45511

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