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dc.contributor.authorMercer, Jenny
dc.contributor.authorGibson, Kerry
dc.contributor.authorClayton, Debbie
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-17T10:19:51Z
dc.date.available2016-03-17T10:19:51Z
dc.date.issued2015
dc.identifier.citationMercer, J., Gibson, K. and Clayton, D., (2015) 'The therapeutic potential of a prison-based animal programme in the UK', Journal of Forensic Practice, 17(1), pp.43-54.en_US
dc.identifier.issn2050-8794
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10369/7778
dc.descriptionThis article was published in The Journal of Forensic Practice in 2015 (online), available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/JFP-09-2014-0031en_US
dc.description.abstractPurpose – Much evidence suggests that animals can serve as therapeutic tools for those working with vulnerable individuals. This exploratory study analysed the accounts of staff and offenders involved in a UK prison-based animal programme. The purpose of this paper was to explore the perceived impact of such a programme with male offenders. Design/methodology/approach – Semi-structured interviews were conducted with three service users and five staff members. Participants were drawn from a special unit in a category B prison which housed an animal centre. Findings – A thematic analysis identified four salient themes: a sense of responsibility, building trust, enhanced communication, and impact on mood and behaviour. Findings revealed that offenders seemed to gain particular benefit from interacting with the two Labrador dogs which were present on the wing. Practical implications – The study highlights the therapeutic potential of the presence of animals in prisons. Their implications of this for forensic practice are discussed. Originality/value – This paper offers an important contribution to the sparse literature about prison-based animal programmes in the UK.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherEmerald Group Publishing Ltden_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesThe Journal of Forensic Practice
dc.rightsNon-commercial
dc.subjecthuman-animal interactionen_US
dc.subjectprison-based animal programmesen_US
dc.subjectdogsen_US
dc.subjectself-harmen_US
dc.titleThe therapeutic potential of a prison-based animal programme in the UKen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1108/JFP-09-2014-0031
dc.date.dateAccepted2015


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