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Deliberate self-harm among adults in prisons

Bennett, Laura; Dyson, Judith


Laura Bennett


This article explores barriers that prevent or interfere with the implementation of policies for reducing deliberate self-harm in adults in prisons and the levers that aid implementation. An integrative literature review was conducted of 12 studies of deliberate self-harm in the prison service between 2000 and 2012. Data were analysed thematically. Six themes were identified: knowledge; attitudes; emotion; staff skills; environment; and resisting treatment. The authors argue that having identified barriers and levers, the next stage is to address them so that the high levels of self-harm in prison can be reduced.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Sep 11, 2014
Journal Mental Health Practice
Print ISSN 1465-8720
Electronic ISSN 2047-895X
Publisher RCN Publishing
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 18
Issue 1
Pages 14-20
Institution Citation Bennett, L., & Dyson, J. (2014). Deliberate self-harm among adults in prisons. Mental health practice, 18(1), 14-20.
Keywords Criminal justice; Attitudes; Depression; Emotion; Injury; Inmates; Mental health; Prison; Self-harm; Suicide
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