A qualitative exploration of the experience of restorative approaches in a forensic mental health setting

Cook, Andrea, Drennan, G. and Callanan, M. (2015) A qualitative exploration of the experience of restorative approaches in a forensic mental health setting. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, 26 (4). pp. 510-531. ISSN 1478-9949.

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Restorative justice is an intervention gaining worldwide recognition in criminal justice systems and other settings. There is a growing evidence base demonstrating positive outcomes in a number of domains, but we found no previous research focussed upon the use of restorative justice in a forensic mental health setting. This study used a constructivist grounded theory analysis of semi-structured interviews to explore and develop a deeper understanding of restorative justice practices interventions in such a setting. Ten participants including restorative justice facilitators, patients and mental health staff took part in research interviews. Restorative interventions were found to be congruent with models of mental health and offender recovery. Processing emotions, developing thinking and coherent narrative, and immediacy are found to be key components of the intervention. The emergent model highlights the role of containment and a high level of facilitator skill when working with a complex, vulnerable and potentially unstable client group.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Restorative justice; restorative practice; forensic mental health; psychological processes; constructivist grounded theory; victims; mentally disordered offenders; treatment
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF0076.5 Psychology research
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology > Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology
Depositing User: Prof Margie Callanan
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2015 17:20
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2015 14:29
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/13095

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