Special observations in forensic psychiatric practice: Gender issues of the watchers and the watched

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/93343
Title:
Special observations in forensic psychiatric practice: Gender issues of the watchers and the watched
Authors:
Mason, Tom; Mason-Whitehead, Elizabeth; Thomas, Mike
Abstract:
Special observations in psychiatric practice may create tensions for both the patient under surveillance and the staff undertaking the procedure. This study reports on special observations undertaken in forensic settings focusing specifically on the gender sensitive issues. The aim of the study was to investigate the specific gender issues relating to special observations in relation to those under the procedure and those engaged in observing. Three medium secure units in the UK formed the sampling frame, and the population studied was eight female and seven male clinical Registered nurses. Semi-structured interviews were conducted, audio tape recorded and transcribed for analysis. The analysis involved a Grounded Theory approach to explicate categories and formulte two overarching themes: (1) the psychosocial fusion; and (2) the private as spectacle. There are implications for practice in relation to policy formulation and the implementation of special observations following risk assessment and individual skill identification. It is concluded that gender issues are extremely important for all concerned in this intrusive practice.
Affiliation:
Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of Chester
Citation:
Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 2009, 16, pp. 910-918
Publisher:
Blackwell
Journal:
Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
Publication Date:
2009
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/93343
DOI:
10.1111/j.1365-2850.2009.01470
Additional Links:
http://www.wiley.com/bw/journal.asp?ref=1351-0126
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
This article is not available through ChesterRep.
ISSN:
1351-0126
Appears in Collections:
Health and Social Care

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorMason, Tomen
dc.contributor.authorMason-Whitehead, Elizabethen
dc.contributor.authorThomas, Mikeen
dc.date.accessioned2010-03-02T11:53:29Z-
dc.date.available2010-03-02T11:53:29Z-
dc.date.issued2009-
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 2009, 16, pp. 910-918en
dc.identifier.issn1351-0126-
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1365-2850.2009.01470-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/93343-
dc.descriptionThis article is not available through ChesterRep.en
dc.description.abstractSpecial observations in psychiatric practice may create tensions for both the patient under surveillance and the staff undertaking the procedure. This study reports on special observations undertaken in forensic settings focusing specifically on the gender sensitive issues. The aim of the study was to investigate the specific gender issues relating to special observations in relation to those under the procedure and those engaged in observing. Three medium secure units in the UK formed the sampling frame, and the population studied was eight female and seven male clinical Registered nurses. Semi-structured interviews were conducted, audio tape recorded and transcribed for analysis. The analysis involved a Grounded Theory approach to explicate categories and formulte two overarching themes: (1) the psychosocial fusion; and (2) the private as spectacle. There are implications for practice in relation to policy formulation and the implementation of special observations following risk assessment and individual skill identification. It is concluded that gender issues are extremely important for all concerned in this intrusive practice.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherBlackwellen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.wiley.com/bw/journal.asp?ref=1351-0126en
dc.subjectethical concernsen
dc.subjectgender issuesen
dc.subjectprivacyen
dc.subjectsensitive issuesen
dc.subjectspecial observationsen
dc.titleSpecial observations in forensic psychiatric practice: Gender issues of the watchers and the watcheden
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentFaculty of Health and Social Care, University of Chesteren
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursingen
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