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Title: Mentally disordered offenders' experience of offence-related post-traumatic stress disorder : considerations for diagnosis and treatment
Author: Fleming, Jocelyn
ISNI:       0000 0004 8498 5360
Awarding Body: Royal Holloway, University of London
Current Institution: Royal Holloway, University of London
Date of Award: 2015
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Despite high prevalence rates and the associated risks of non-identification for judicial injustices, reoffending and poor mental health outcomes, offence-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) remains under-diagnosed. This study aimed to explore how mentally disordered offenders experience offence-related PTSD and how closely these experiences match the current diagnostic criteria for PTSD (American Psychiatric Association, 2013) and the key components of Ehlers and Clar's (2000) cognitive model of PTSD. A qualitative approach was employed in order to meet these aims. Participants were recruited via referrals from their responsible clinician or psychologist at a medium secure forensic service. Following screening for inclusion and exclusion criteria using standardised measures of PTSD, individual, semi-structured interviews were conducted with six adult males. The data were analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, which generated three superordinate themes: Responses to an identity shift, Ineffective memory processing, and Appraisals of the consequences of offending. These themes are discussed within the context of existing literature and recommendations are made for clinical practice and further research.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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