Examining social problem solving programmes with mentally disordered and intellectually disabled offenders in secure hospital settings

Dhaliwal, Ranjit (2017) Examining social problem solving programmes with mentally disordered and intellectually disabled offenders in secure hospital settings. DForenPsy thesis, University of Nottingham.

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Abstract

This thesis examines the effectiveness of social problem solving programmes and the efficacy of an assessment tool designed for mentally disordered offenders (MDOs) and intellectually disabled (ID) offenders in secure hospital settings. Firstly, a systematic review concluded that all studies reported benefits of the social problem solving programmes with MDOs. Several studies also identified that shorter revised programmes had lower drop-out rates, and were more cost-effective. Methodological limitations were identified and suggested further research is needed.

Secondly, Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) was utilised to explore the meanings ID offenders in a secure hospital attribute to their experience of the Thinking Skills Offender Programme (TSOP). Five themes emerged and participants’ conveyed a sense of hope in relation to their treatment, discussed challenges they faced, identified the impact the TSOP had on factors contributing to their offending behaviour, and wanted to share their experiences with a wider audience. Further research to develop effective programmes for ID offenders is discussed.

Thirdly, an assessment and treatment of an adult male violent offender with ID and Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who undertook the TSOP in a medium secure unit is examined. The findings highlighted the difficulties in assessing and treating such patients using conventional methods and the need for standardised assessments and interventions for this population is discussed. Finally, the reliability and validity of the Novaco Anger Scale and Provocation Inventory (NAS-PI) is examined with MDOs and ID offenders. Its clinical utility in inpatients settings and limitations are also discussed. This thesis has highlighted the benefits of social problem solving programmes with MDOs and ID offenders, difficulties of conducting research with this population, and the need for further rigorous research into assessments and interventions.

Item Type: Thesis (University of Nottingham only) (DForenPsy)
Supervisors: Duff, Simon
Keywords: cognitive skills programmes, secure hospital settings, mentally disordered offenders, intellectually disabled offenders
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC 321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Faculties/Schools: UK Campuses > Faculty of Science > School of Psychology
Item ID: 47343
Depositing User: Dhaliwal, Ranjit
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2018 10:13
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2018 18:45
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/47343

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