A Culture of Enquiry: Research Evidence and the Therapeutic Community (Community, Culture and Change)

A Culture of Enquiry: Research Evidence and the Therapeutic Community (Community, Culture and Change)

By: Diana Menzies (editor), Nick Manning (editor), Nicola Morant (editor), Jan Lees (editor), Rowdy Yates (contributor), George De-Leon (contributor), Kingsley Norton (contributor), Barbara Rawling (contributor)Paperback

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Research is an increasing priority for workers throughout the mental health sector, and therapeutic communities are no exception. Those working in TCs increasingly have to justify the success and efficiency of their methods to outside bodies, and the prime means of doing so is through research. This volume collects a wide range of papers by experienced contributors discussing all aspects of TC research. They consider questions of which methods are most appropriate in the unique environment of TCs, how research studies affect the TC environment, as well as practical and ethical questions. The book also includes accounts of several research studies undertaken at, among other places, the Cassel Hospital. Taken as a whole, the book will be an invaluable resource for anyone involved in researching therapeutic communities - whether undertaking a study, attempting to anticipate its clinical impact, or seeking to understand the kinds of results which TC research produces.

About Author

Jan Lees is a part-time research associate at Francis Dixon Lodge Therapeutic Community in Leicester: she is also joint series editor, with Rex Haigh, of Jessica Kingsley's Therapeutic Communities series. She has worked in, taught about and researched therapeutic communities for over 20 years. Nick Manning is Professor of Social Policy and Sociology at the University of Nottingham. Since his graduate fieldwork at Henderson Hospital in 1972 he has undertaken a variety of research on therapeutic communities. Diana Menzies is Consultant Psychotherapist with the Henderson Outreach Services Team, concerned with the development of out-patient group-based treatments for people with personality disorders. Nicola Morant is a lecturer in Social Psychology at Anglia Polytechnic University. After completing doctoral work at the LSE she worked as a research psychologist at Henderson Hospital.


Acknowledgements. Introduction. Section 1: Overview. 1. Principles and Practices in Therapeutic Community Research. Nick Manning and Nicola Morant. 2. Therapeutic Community Research: An Overview and Meta-Analysis. Jan Lees, Barbara Rawlings and Nick Manning. Section II: Context and Methodologies. 3. The Research Context in the National Health Service. Frank Margison. 4. Practice Evaluation of Therapeutic Communities. Jan Lees. 5. The Research Context for Therapeutic Communities in the USA. George DeLeon. 6. The Gold Standard: What are RCTs and Where Did They Come From? Nick Manning . 7. Characteristics of Effective Treatment Environments: A Process-Outcome Model for Research on Therapeutic Communities. Rudolph H. Moos. 8. Using Qualitative Research Methods in Therapeutic Communities. Barbara Rawlings. 9. Outsiders on the Inside: Researchers in Therapeutic Communities. Nicola Morant and Fiona Warren. 10. The Psychodynamics of Being a Researcher in a Therapeutic Community: Living the Borderline Experience. Diana Menzies and Jan Lees. Section III: Research Findings. 11. What makes a Therapeutic Community? A Comparative Study of Ideal Values. Fiona Dunstan and Sarah Birch. 12. Researching Concept-Based Therapeutic Communities. Susan Eley, Rowdy Yates and Jane Wilson. 13. An Experimental Study of Treatment Outcome: The Cassel-North Devon Personality Disorder Project. Marco Chiesa, Peter Fonagy and Jeremy Holmes. 14. Assessing Outcome at Henderson Hospital: Challenges and Achievements. Kingsley Norton and Fiona Warren. 15. Research on the Norwegian Therapeutic Community Network. Sigmund Karterud, Geir Pedersen and Oyvind Urnes. 16. Economic Evaluations in Therapeutic Community Research. Steffan Davies and Diana Menzies. 17. Grendon: A Therapeutic Community in Prison. Elaine Genders and Elaine Player. 18. Leaving the Therapeutic Community. Nicola Morant. Appendix 1: Stages Used in a CRD Systematic Review. Appendix 2: The 29 Studies Included in the Meta-analysis. Apendix 3: Additional Sources of Information on Research Governance. Notes. Editor and Contributor Biographies. References. Index.

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  • ISBN13: 9781853028571
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 336
  • ID: 9781853028571
  • weight: 517
  • ISBN10: 1853028576

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