A Culture of Enquiry: Research Evidence and the Therapeutic Community

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Jan Lees
Jessica Kingsley, 2004 - Health & Fitness - 336 pages
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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.

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About the author (2004)

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.

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