Taking the good life to the institution: forensic service users' perceptions of the good lives model

Barnao, Mary, Ward, Tony and Casey, Sharon 2016, Taking the good life to the institution: forensic service users' perceptions of the good lives model, International journal of offender therapy and comparative criminology, vol. 60, no. 7, pp. 766-786, doi: 10.1177/0306624X15570027.

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Title Taking the good life to the institution: forensic service users' perceptions of the good lives model
Author(s) Barnao, Mary
Ward, Tony
Casey, SharonORCID iD for Casey, Sharon orcid.org/0000-0002-6916-1000
Journal name International journal of offender therapy and comparative criminology
Volume number 60
Issue number 7
Start page 766
End page 786
Total pages 21
Publisher Sage
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Publication date 2016-05
ISSN 1552-6933
Keyword(s) Good Lives Model (GLM)
forensic mental health
rehabilitation
service users’ perspectives
Summary Previous literature has highlighted a number of concerns about forensic care and rehabilitation by those who use the services. The Good Lives Model (GLM) is a strength-based, humanistic approach to offender rehabilitation that has been largely overlooked by forensic mental health practitioners. This study explored the impact of a brief GLM program on forensic service users' perceptions of rehabilitation, both within and beyond therapeutic programs, using a thematically linked, multiple-case study research design. Pre-post comparisons of participants' perceptions of rehabilitation suggested three different outcomes: definite change, subtle change, and no change. Possible factors associated with participants' divergent experiences included level of exposure to the GLM, readiness to change, and practitioners' adherence to the GLM and experience with the model. The importance of attending to the wider system for successful implementation of this innovative approach is highlighted.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/0306624X15570027
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920299 Health and Support Services not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2015, The Authors
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30075010

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