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An Exploration of the Relationship Experiences of Men with an Intellectual Disability in Secure Settings.

Rayner, Kelly (2010) An Exploration of the Relationship Experiences of Men with an Intellectual Disability in Secure Settings. DClinPsy thesis, University of Sheffield.

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Abstract

This thesis adds to the literature on offenders with intellectual disabilities (ID). The literature review synthesises studies which assessed the prevalence and impact of comorbid personality disorder (PD) and ID in forensic samples. It is concluded that existing literature is valuable but limited since the current conceptualisation and assessment of PD in ID populations is weak. More stringent methods of diagnosis are required to investigate this further. The research report explores the relationship experiences of men with ID who are detained in secure services under the Mental Health Act. Qualitative methodology was utilised in order to give participants a research voice, and interview transcripts were analysed using Thematic Analysis (TA). The analysis yielded three superordinate themes; ‘interpersonal factors’, ‘the internal-external interface’ and ‘safety’. These findings are discussed in terms of the impact positive and negative relationship experiences have upon sense of self, behaviour and the attribution of responsibility. The journey through the forensic system and the consequences of being detained are also discussed. The findings are highly relevant for clinicians working with people with ID in forensic services. Further research is required to make sense of these results in non-ID populations.

Item Type: Thesis (DClinPsy)
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Science (Sheffield) > Psychology (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Ms Kelly Rayner
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2010 10:18
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2013 08:45
URI: http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/1089

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