Mentally disordered offenders’ daily occupations after one year of forensic care
2011 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, ISSN 1103-8128, E-ISSN 1651-2014, Vol. 18, no 4, 302-311 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Persons detained as mentally disordered offenders need support for transition from care to community life. Few systematic studies have been completed on the outcomes of standard forensic care. The aim was to investigate the target group's life conditions and daily occupations one year after care. In a follow-up design occupational performance (OP) and social participation (SP) were investigated at two time points. After informed consent 36 consecutively recruited participants reported OP using the Capability to Perform Daily Occupations, Self-Efficacy Scale, Importance scale, and Allen Cognitive Level Screen. SP was measured with the Manchester Short Assessment of Quality of Life, and Interview Schedule for Social Interaction. After one year 24 participants were still incarcerated, 11 were conditionally released, and one participant was discharged. The group were generally more satisfied and engaged in daily occupations than at admission. The study's attrition rate, 51%, is discussed. The conclusion and the clinical implications indicate that the target group need early, goal directed interventions in OP and SP for alterations in daily occupations. Furthermore, to increase the knowledge base concerning mentally disordered offenders, studies with research designs that have the potential to uncover changes in daily occupation and other measures for this target group are necessary.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 18, no 4, 302-311 p.
disability, follow-up, forensic, mental health, occupational therapy
Research subject Caring Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-93860DOI: 10.3109/11038128.2010.525720ISI: 000296886300006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-93860DiVA: diva2:167481