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Treatment and control: a qualitative study of older mentally ill offenders' perceptions on their detention and care trajectory

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The life of older mentally ill offenders (OMIOs) is often characterized by successive periods of detention in correctional facilities, admissions to psychiatric services, and unsuccessful attempts to live independently. Through in-depth interviews, eight personal stories from OMIOs under supervision of the commission of social defence in Ghent (Belgium) were analyzed in the phenomenological research tradition. The results of the study reveal that OMIOs had more positive and less negative experiences in prison settings when compared with other institutional care settings. Independent living, unsurprisingly, is favored the most. This may be due to the fact that the latter option fosters personal competence, feelings of being useful, personal choices, and contact with the outside world. Even in later lifetime, a combined approach of risk assessment with improvement of well-being remains valuable to stimulate offender rehabilitation. Therefore, more research into concepts that could be used to support OMIOs needs further consideration.
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FORENSIC PSYCHIATRY, PATIENT, GOOD LIVES MODEL, SERVICES, BOREDOM, HEALTH, STAFF, older mentally ill offenders, forensic mental health, forensic psychiatry, geriatric offenders

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De Smet, Stefaan, Nele Van Hecke, Dominique Verté, Eric Broekaert, Denis Ryan, and Stijn Vandevelde. 2015. “Treatment and Control: a Qualitative Study of Older Mentally Ill Offenders’ Perceptions on Their Detention and Care Trajectory.” International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology 59 (9): 964–985.
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De Smet, Stefaan, Van Hecke, N., Verté, D., Broekaert, E., Ryan, D., & Vandevelde, S. (2015). Treatment and control: a qualitative study of older mentally ill offenders’ perceptions on their detention and care trajectory. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OFFENDER THERAPY AND COMPARATIVE CRIMINOLOGY, 59(9), 964–985.
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De Smet S, Van Hecke N, Verté D, Broekaert E, Ryan D, Vandevelde S. Treatment and control: a qualitative study of older mentally ill offenders’ perceptions on their detention and care trajectory. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OFFENDER THERAPY AND COMPARATIVE CRIMINOLOGY. 2015;59(9):964–85.
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De Smet, Stefaan, Nele Van Hecke, Dominique Verté, et al. “Treatment and Control: a Qualitative Study of Older Mentally Ill Offenders’ Perceptions on Their Detention and Care Trajectory.” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OFFENDER THERAPY AND COMPARATIVE CRIMINOLOGY 59.9 (2015): 964–985. Print.
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  abstract     = {The life of older mentally ill offenders (OMIOs) is often characterized by successive periods of detention in correctional facilities, admissions to psychiatric services, and unsuccessful attempts to live independently. Through in-depth interviews, eight personal stories from OMIOs under supervision of the commission of social defence in Ghent (Belgium) were analyzed in the phenomenological research tradition. The results of the study reveal that OMIOs had more positive and less negative experiences in prison settings when compared with other institutional care settings. Independent living, unsurprisingly, is favored the most. This may be due to the fact that the latter option fosters personal competence, feelings of being useful, personal choices, and contact with the outside world. Even in later lifetime, a combined approach of risk assessment with improvement of well-being remains valuable to stimulate offender rehabilitation. Therefore, more research into concepts that could be used to support OMIOs needs further consideration.},
  author       = {De Smet, Stefaan and Van Hecke, Nele and Vert{\'e}, Dominique and Broekaert, Eric and Ryan, Denis and Vandevelde, Stijn},
  issn         = {0306-624X},
  journal      = {INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OFFENDER THERAPY AND COMPARATIVE CRIMINOLOGY},
  keyword      = {FORENSIC PSYCHIATRY,PATIENT,GOOD LIVES MODEL,SERVICES,BOREDOM,HEALTH,STAFF,older mentally ill offenders,forensic mental health,forensic psychiatry,geriatric offenders},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {9},
  pages        = {964--985},
  title        = {Treatment and control: a qualitative study of older mentally ill offenders' perceptions on their detention and care trajectory},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0306624X14521129},
  volume       = {59},
  year         = {2015},
}

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