Mindfulness and meditation in forensic clinical psychology

Smith, Lorna (2021). Mindfulness and meditation in forensic clinical psychology. University of Birmingham. Foren.Clin.Psy.D.

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This thesis consists of two volumes submitted towards the Doctorate in Forensic Clinical Psychology.

Volume I comprises three research chapters. The first chapter presents a systematic review of the literature exploring meditative approaches in correctional settings. A number of meditation and mindfulness approaches are discussed in relation to psychological and physical wellbeing, criminogenic needs, and recidivism in offender populations. The second chapter is an empirical research study which sought to validate a measure of a Buddhist derived concept of mindfulness, insight, in a UK undergraduate university sample. The third chapter is a public dissemination document which provides a brief and accessible overview of the review and empirical components.

Volume II comprises five forensic clinical practice reports. The first presents the case of Paul, a 22-year-old male presenting with verbal and physical aggression, formulated from two psychological models. The second presents a service evaluation of the involvement of service users in the care planning process in a secure inpatient hospital. The third presents a single-case experimental design of the case of Jane1, a 22-year-old female with a mild learning disability and a suspected autistic spectrum condition, presenting with anxiety relating to pregnancy and motherhood. The fourth presents the case of Claire1, a 17-year-old female experiencing symptoms of low mood, anger, and difficulties in her relationship with
her mother. The fifth presents an abstract of an oral presentation about the case of John1, a 34-year-old male serving an IPP sentence in a Category B prison, presenting with frequent self-harming behaviour.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Foren.Clin.Psy.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Foren.Clin.Psy.D.
Licence: All rights reserved
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
School or Department: School of Psychology
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Q Science > Q Science (General)
URI: http://etheses.bham.ac.uk/id/eprint/11705


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