The Treatment Perspectives of Mentally Ill Offenders in Medium- and High-Secure Forensic Settings in Flanders

Wing Ting To, Stijn Vanheule, Stefaan De Smet, Stijn Vandevelde

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Abstract

There is an increasing interest in mentally ill offenders' (MIOs) treatment experiences in forensic settings. This study focuses on the treatment perspectives of MIOs in treatment as well as in prison settings in Flanders. Seventeen MIOs were interviewed about the treatment they received. Data were analyzed using thematic analysis to derive key themes while acknowledging the individuality of the participants' experiences. Treatment perspectives of MIOs in both settings revolved around similar themes, including "good" staff and privacy. However, their views differed on two themes: MIOs in treatment settings reported on feelings of lacking control and experiencing too much pressure, whereas MIOs in prison settings reported the opposite. The positive experiences in prison settings may complicate the transition from prison to a forensic treatment setting. The study further underscores the major challenge to create more opportunities for MIOs to meet their needs of self-determination in secure forensic treatment settings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1605-1622
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Volume59
Issue number14
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2015

Keywords

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

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