Exploring recovery in women diagnosed with personality disorder in a secure setting

PhD Thesis

Jenkinson, J. 2011. Exploring recovery in women diagnosed with personality disorder in a secure setting. PhD Thesis Canterbury Christ Church University Department of Applied Psychology
AuthorsJenkinson, J.
TypePhD Thesis
Qualification nameDClinPsychol

Section A consists of a literature review which explores the concept of recovery and its relevance for women who have been detained in a secure setting and diagnosed with a personality disorder.
Section B presents the findings of a study to explore the concept of recovery in women diagnosed with personality disorder in a secure unit. Six semi- structured interviews, conducted with women diagnosed with personality disorder and experience of being detained in secure accommodation, were analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Analysis of the transcripts revealed five master themes: recovering; centrality of relationships; assuming responsibility for own care; evolving an identity; understanding of the mental health experience. The study concludes that, as far as is consistent with a secure setting, women should be given maximum opportunity to participate in decisions about their own care. Staff should be creative in providing opportunities for the women to engage in meaningful activities that promote a positive identity. Education with respect to personal recovery and the presentation and aetiology of personality disorder may support more caring and hopeful relationships between staff and service users, within which recovery can be facilitated.
Section C involves a critical appraisal of the study.

KeywordsPersonality disorders; Women; Forensic psychiatry; Secure care; Interpretative phenomenological analysis
Publication process dates
Deposited29 Nov 2011
SubmittedJul 2011
Output statusUnpublished
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