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Life after homicide: accounts of recovery and redemption of offender patients in a high security hospital – a qualitative study

Ferrito, M, Vetere, AL, Adshead, G and Moore, E (2012) Life after homicide: accounts of recovery and redemption of offender patients in a high security hospital – a qualitative study Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology. ISSN 1478-9949

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Abstract

This study explores accounts of recovery and redemption from the perspective of offenders with a history of mental disorder who have committed homicide. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with seven men who were residing in a high secure hospital. The interviews were analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA). Analysis of their accounts of their perpetration of homicide yielded a number of themes: the role of previous experience and its impact on their personal development; periods of loss of grip on reality; the reframing of events in their life via therapeutic interventions and internal integration, and roadblocks to the process of recovery. The findings highlight the importance of attending to offenders’ narratives about their offending and the context in which it took place as an inevitable aspect of their search for meaning in the aftermath of the death they perpetrated. Themes generated contributed to future interventions to reduce risk.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an electronic version of an article published as Ferrito M, Vetere AL, Adshead G, Moore E (2012). Life after homicide: accounts of recovery and redemption of offender patients in a high security hospital – a qualitative study. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology. JOURNAL OF FORENSIC PSYCHIATRY & PSYCHOLOGY is Available online at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14789949.2012.668211
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Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 29 May 2012 14:06
Last Modified: 26 Nov 2014 14:11
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/533570

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