A qualitative investigation of the experiences of nursing staff working in a secure personality disorder unit

Abel, Sarah Elizabeth

Clinical psychology
June 2012

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© 2012 Sarah Elizabeth Abel. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written permission of the copyright holder.

The portfolio has three parts: a systematic literature review, an empirical study and a set of Appendixes.

Part one
A systematic literature review, reviewing the empirical literature relating to staff attitudes towards patients with a personality disorder in an inpatient setting. It aims to present the current understanding of staff attitudes and the components which attribute to this.

Part two
An empirical paper which explores the experiences of nursing staff working in a secure personality disorder unit using qualitative methods. Nursing staff both qualified and unqualified attended semi-structured interviews with the main researcher. These interviews were analyse using Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis (IPA). The data was analysed and the emerging themes are presented and discussed at length, drawing upon existing literature to discuss the implications. The studies methodological limitations are also discussed and potential areas requiring for future research are identified.

Part three
The Appendices which support the work in the first two parts and includes a reflective account of the research process.

Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychological Therapies, The University of Hull
Clarke, Chris; McAnespie, Andrew
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