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Title: 'Banged up, bandaged up' : a qualitative study of non-suicidal self injury amongst young women in prison
Author: Douglas, Nicolas J.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2725 8319
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2012
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This study examined non-suicidal self injury among young wor,nen in two establishments detaining young offenders in England. The study explored the extent to which socio- environmental factors were implicated, since this has received relatively little attention in previous research. The study aimed to: 1) explore the perceptions of women prisoners and prison professionals about the extent to which the environment of prison impacted upon self injury behaviour and, 2) generate information to enhance custodial and healthcare practice in relation to women prisoners who self-injure. Primarily qualitative methods of inquiry were used, including semi-structured individual interviews with 30 young female prisoners and 49 custodial and other prison staff (primarily healthcare and prisoner welfare). Braun and Clarke's (2006) approach to thematic analysis was used to analyse interview material. Literature reviews foregrounded the study, examining nomenclature and definition, the prevalence of self injury among young women in prison relative to other relevant groups and aetiology. The research found that young women primarily engaged in self injury for reasons of affect regulation, often in response to prior traumatic life experiences. However, self injury was exacerbated by a number of socio-environmental factors such as the 'pains of imprisonment' , the imposition of prison discipline, the nature of social relations and the use and management of physical space. Examination of involvement with the Prison Service system for managing self harm risk (ACCT) and psycho-therapeutic interventions available showed scope for improved engagement. The study concludes with policy and practice recommendations such as the need for education for young women prisoners about self injury, full implementation of training for custodial staff, interventions to allow young women prisoners to constructively channel tensions and frustrations, better management of physical space and the investigation and provision of evidence-based psycho-therapeutic interventions to effectively address self injury among young women in prison.
Supervisor: Fitzpatrick, Ray ; Plugge, Emma Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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