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‘Behind this wall’ – Experiences of seclusion on locked wards for women

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/02/2018
<mark>Journal</mark>Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research
Issue number1
Volume20
Number of pages13
Pages (from-to)139-151
Publication statusPublished
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Aim – To more fully understand the experiences of seclusion in a learning disability service for women.
Background – This paper reports on one of the analytical themes, seclusion, from an ethnographic study exploring the lives of learning disabled women on locked wards.
Method – Participant observation was used on three locked wards for women in a learning disability secure (forensic) unit in the United Kingdom. Themes from the analysis of field-notes were used to construct an interview schedule. Sixteen detained women and ten staff participated in interviews.
Results – The thematic analysis produced four areas of relevance: the seclusion room environment, reasons for using seclusion, termination of seclusion and alternatives to seclusion.
Conclusion – Detained women’s descriptions of seclusion portrayed a bewildering, distressing experience which violated their privacy. Alternative practices such as providing a space for anger and resolve, and time for discussion with staff were identified.