Rhetoric to reality: analysis of legislation and policy developments in relation to dangerous and severe personality disorder initiatives

Armstrong, Sara-Kate (2009) Rhetoric to reality: analysis of legislation and policy developments in relation to dangerous and severe personality disorder initiatives. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation has focused on the development of policy in relation to DSPD inspired by an interest in recent changes to MH legislation. Explanations of current diagnostic systems and a brief overview of DSPD are provided. The project rationale explains the key issues that motivated the writing of this dissertation. In order to meet the aims and objectives, classical and contemporary policy along with the underpinning theoretical framework have been analysed enabling the consideration of whether the different theoretical perspectives can be made compatible in meeting the dual policy agenda of DSPD programmes. The methodology used in the construction of this dissertation has also been explained. Issues of power and oppression have been explored via the justifications for indefinite detainment and the question of whether treatment is legitimate relative to public protection. The issue of diagnostic confusion and the impact of the broader definition of "mental disorder" in amendments to the MHA 1983 in 2007 have been scrutinised. The key findings have been summarised before the conclusion.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:15
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/714

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