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Part II: Living Life: A Meta-Synthesis Exploring Recovery as Processual Experiences
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Offender Recovery. Forensic Patient Perspectives on Long-Term Personal Recovery Processes

Competence Centre for Forensic Psychiatry, Mental Health Centre Sct. Hans, DK-4000 Roskilde, Denmark
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(12), 6260; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18126260
Received: 18 April 2021 / Revised: 4 June 2021 / Accepted: 5 June 2021 / Published: 9 June 2021
Knowledge on user experiences from mentally disordered offenders (MDOs) is still limited in a Danish context, especially regarding recovery from offences, severe mental illness, long-term admissions and often involuntarily contact with hospital psychiatry. The study is based on 34 semi-structured interviews with nine forensic patients exploring their experiences with personal recovery processes. The MDOs point out a significant number of elements and factors enhancing, supporting and limiting personal recovery processes. Long-term recovery processes for MDOs involve coming to terms with mental disorders as well as offences. Working with offender recovery implies addressing and understanding the index offence leading to psychiatric measurement as well as addressing risk and prevention of future crime. This coming to terms is an individual and deeply personal process and it often involves several and changing narratives. According to the informants, professionals play a crucial role in supporting recovery processes and maintaining hope and optimism over time. MDOs experience structural barriers limiting recovery potential, especially stigma or limited areas of participation. It is important not to focus solely on personal recovery as a one-dimensional individual process or responsibility, but as a process also marked by structural and organisational challenges. View Full-Text
Keywords: mentally disordered offenders; recovery processes; offender recovery; stigma; roles of professionals; values; approaches mentally disordered offenders; recovery processes; offender recovery; stigma; roles of professionals; values; approaches
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Møllerhøj, J. Offender Recovery. Forensic Patient Perspectives on Long-Term Personal Recovery Processes. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 6260. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18126260

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Møllerhøj J. Offender Recovery. Forensic Patient Perspectives on Long-Term Personal Recovery Processes. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(12):6260. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18126260

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Møllerhøj, Jette. 2021. "Offender Recovery. Forensic Patient Perspectives on Long-Term Personal Recovery Processes" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 12: 6260. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18126260

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