Journal article: Service user experiences of occupation in forensic mental health
This article presents the findings of a
qualitative study which explored the occupational engagement of
service users detained in forensic units. Legal and institutional
restrictions on occupation have implications for the health and
wellbeing of such service users.
Twenty-six current forensic mental health
service users participated in five focus groups, which were
audio-recorded, transcribed verbatim and subjected to constant
comparative analysis. The participants highlighted previous
occupations, current occupations and their hopes. Key aspects were
control over decision-making, motivation and support, generating
suggestions in addition to their positive experiences of
Craik et al conclude that institutional
barriers could be overcome with a dynamic balance between risk
management and mental health promotion through occupation. This
would demand a sustained focus on occupation for everyone involved
in providing care and treatment in forensic settings.
Craik, C., Bryant, W., Ryan, A., Barclay, S.,
Brooke, N., Mason, A, and Russell, P. (2010). A qualitative study of service user
experiences of occupation in forensic mental health.
Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 57(5),