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Lived experience of men accessing community mental health services following incarceration
Brandon University, Faculty of Health Studies
v, 108 pages
Includes bibliographical references (pages 82-107).
"In partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Psychiatric Nursing."
The purpose of this research study was to gain an understanding of the lived experiences of men with a history of incarceration as they accessed community mental health services. Nine men between 30 and 51 years of age and living in a city on the Canadian Prairies participated in the study. Semi-structured interviews were conducted using van Manen’s method of phenomenology. The knowledge gained from this study has implications for mental health practice, program development, education, and policy grounded in consideration of the needs and experiences of this population. Three main themes were identified: 1) risk in accessing services, 2) barriers to treatment, 3) judgement by healthcare professionals. The negative experiences that these people have endured have had a negative impact on the engagement to treatment and recovery of men with histories of incarceration and mental health concerns. The findings indicate a substantive need for a review of nursing education and practice associated with vulnerable populations and the development and respect of the therapeutic relationship. Program and policy development within correctional facilities and community-based mental health must be reviewed and transformed to support the recovery of persons with mental health needs who have involvement with the criminal justice system. Author-supplied keywords: Incarceration, discrimination, barriers, community, mental health, hermeneutic phenomenology, risk, judgement, therapeutic relationship, recovery, nurse-researcher role conflict.
Ex-convicts--Mental healthEx-convicts--Mental health services
Brandon UniversityFaculty of Health Studies