An exploratory study of women prisoners’ attitudes towards their self-harm and the use of Medical Skin Camouflage.Citation formats

  • External authors:
  • Kerry Gutridge
  • Brendan Dunlop
  • Heather Mitchell
  • Jennifer Philbin
  • Tammi Walker
  • Sandeep Ranote
  • Louise Robinson

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An exploratory study of women prisoners’ attitudes towards their self-harm and the use of Medical Skin Camouflage. / Gutridge, Kerry; Dunlop, Brendan; Patterson, Megan; Mitchell, Heather; Philbin, Jennifer; Walker, Tammi; Ranote, Sandeep ; Robinson, Louise; Abel, Kathryn.

In: Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, 2018.

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Gutridge, K, Dunlop, B, Patterson, M, Mitchell, H, Philbin, J, Walker, T, Ranote, S, Robinson, L & Abel, K 2018, 'An exploratory study of women prisoners’ attitudes towards their self-harm and the use of Medical Skin Camouflage.', Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1080/14789949.2018.1530285

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Gutridge, K., Dunlop, B., Patterson, M., Mitchell, H., Philbin, J., Walker, T., Ranote, S., Robinson, L., & Abel, K. (2018). An exploratory study of women prisoners’ attitudes towards their self-harm and the use of Medical Skin Camouflage. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1080/14789949.2018.1530285

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Gutridge, Kerry ; Dunlop, Brendan ; Patterson, Megan ; Mitchell, Heather ; Philbin, Jennifer ; Walker, Tammi ; Ranote, Sandeep ; Robinson, Louise ; Abel, Kathryn. / An exploratory study of women prisoners’ attitudes towards their self-harm and the use of Medical Skin Camouflage. In: Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology. 2018.

Bibtex

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title = "An exploratory study of women prisoners{\textquoteright} attitudes towards their self-harm and the use of Medical Skin Camouflage.",
abstract = "Self-harm is a growing problem in UK prisons with women self-harming more than men. Self-harm can leave permanent scarring. Research on scarring suggests that living with scars can lead to psychological difficulties, however there is little research on the specific effects of self-harm scars. Medical skin camouflage (MSC) can be used to cover numerous skin conditions. The use of MSC for women in prison with self-harm scars has not been examined previously. A focus group involving ten women prisoners aimed to i) explore feelings about self-harm scars, ii) examine effects that scars have on life in prison and iii) examine thoughts on using MSC in prison. This group formed part of a larger project designed to test the feasibility and acceptability of MSC for women who self-harm in prison. A topic guide was created with two service user researchers with experience of self-harm in prison. The results have been divided into three themes: i) feelings about self-harm scars, ii) covering self-harm scars, iii) attitudes towards MSC. Our findings indicate that women in prison tend to feel embarrassed and self-conscious about their scars, and the presence of scars affects their relationships within prison. The women were enthusiastic about MSC, suggesting it has the potential to affect women{\textquoteright}s wellbeing and ability to engage with others.",
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