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Learning from 'near misses': interviews with women who survived an incident of severe self-harm in prison

Borrill, Jo and Snow, Louisa and Medlicott, Diana and Teers, Rebecca and Paton, Jo (2005) Learning from 'near misses': interviews with women who survived an incident of severe self-harm in prison. Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 44 (1). pp. 57-69. ISSN 0265-5527

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2311.2005.00355.x

Abstract

This article describes qualitative research with women survivors of potentially lethal self-harm in prison. In-depth interviews were carried out during 2002/03 with 15 women, (adults and young offenders), from six establishments. The interviews focused on the women's own accounts of the 'near miss' incident, including intentions and motivations, factors leading up to the incident, experiences of care and support, current self-harm and suicidality, and suggestions for prevention. Recommendations include: improvements to the general prison regime; training and support for staff; specialist help for women with histories of abuse, mental illness, or borderline personality disorder; improved support following stressful life events.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Online ISSN 1468-2311
Research Community:University of Westminster > Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages, School of
ID Code:4068
Deposited On:30 May 2007
Last Modified:04 Nov 2009 12:41

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