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Time and its uses in accounts of conditional discharge in forensic psychiatry / Michael, Coffey

Sociology of Health & Illness, Volume: n/a, Pages: n/a - n/a

Swansea University Author: Michael, Coffey

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This paper presents an analysis of time relevant talk by patients and workers in forensic mental health care services. In doing so it presents new knowledge of the use of time and its patterning in contemporary mental health care. Regularities and discontinuities in discharge and aftercare planning...

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Published in: Sociology of Health & Illness
ISSN: 0141-9889
Published: 2013
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa14072
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Abstract: This paper presents an analysis of time relevant talk by patients and workers in forensic mental health care services. In doing so it presents new knowledge of the use of time and its patterning in contemporary mental health care. Regularities and discontinuities in discharge and aftercare planning are examined. Regularities include timed phases for movement towards discharge and other discretionary aftercare arrangements. Discontinuities include awareness of mismatches between discharge plans and arrangements often between hospital and community based resources. Bench-marking is evident in which individuals gauge progress or lack of it against others within the system. Time also functions as a resource for establishing distance between past selves and current or imagined future identities. Time is therefore an important feature in building post-hospital lives. Workers for their part position time as one element in a complex series of judgments on post-discharge constructions of the person and their risk status.
College: College of Human and Health Sciences
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