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Using initiative to provide clinical intervention groups in prison: a process evaluation

Black, Georgia, Forrester, Andrew, Wilks, Martin, Riaz, Muhammad, Maguire, Helen and Carlin, Patricia 2011. Using initiative to provide clinical intervention groups in prison: a process evaluation. International Review of Psychiatry 23 (1) , pp. 70-76. 10.3109/09540261.2010.544293

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We present a process evaluation of a new anger control intervention within an urban remand prison in London, UK. An anger control group was created and run as an extension of the prison in-reach healthcare team, in order to meet the needs of prisoners. We evaluate the aims of the intervention, therapeutic methodology, administrative process, and post-intervention outcomes. We report change in anger scores (State Trait Anger Expression Inventory; STAXI-II), showing how a service of this type might deliver important benefits. Through the use of a focus group with the clinicians who ran the service, we have reflected on this process to inform the evaluation. We conclude that anger management may have a useful role in remand prisons, not just for violent offenders, but as part of a wider public health agenda. Resources for new prison healthcare groups are scarce, particularly in urban remand prisons, and clinicians may have to collaborate with other teams to provide a range of interventions. Following the expressed needs of the prisoner population promotes a strong uptake of clients. Prison health services operate within a complex and environment which restricts healthcare teams’ ability to run groups. We provide recommendations on overcoming potential barriers to care.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Publisher: Informa Healthcare
ISSN: 0954-0261
Last Modified: 12 Aug 2021 23:48

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