Attitudes of relatives and staff towards family intervention in forensic services using Q methodology

V. Absalom-Hornby, D. J. Hare, P. Gooding, N. Tarrier

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    Attitudes about family interventions have been identified as a possible reason for the poor implementation of such treatments. The current study used Q methodology to investigate the attitudes of relatives of forensic service users and clinical staff towards family interventions in medium secure forensic units, particularly when facilitated by a web camera. Eighteen relatives and twenty-nine staff completed a sixty-one item Q sort to obtain their idiosyncratic views about family intervention. The results indicated that relatives and staff mostly held positive attitudes towards family intervention. Relatives showed some uncertainty towards family intervention that may reflect the lack of involvement they receive from the forensic service. Staff highlighted key barriers to successful implementation such as lack of dedicated staff time for family work and few staff adequately trained in family intervention. Despite agreement with the web-based forensic family intervention technique and its benefits, both staff and relatives predicted problems in the technique. © 2011 Blackwell Publishing.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)162-173
    Number of pages11
    JournalJournal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012


    • Attitudes
    • Family intervention
    • Forensic
    • Q method
    • Web technology


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