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Title: Work-life and wellbeing in UK therapeutic prison officers: A thematic analysis
Authors: Walker, Emma J.
Egan, Helen H.
Jackson, Craig A.
Tonkin, Matthew
First Published: 7-Jun-2018
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Citation: International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 2018
Abstract: Previous research has clearly demonstrated the positive impact of therapeutic interventions on offenders’ wellbeing. Much less is known about the impact on prison staff facilitating and delivering such interventions. We employed qualitative methodology to capture a deeper understanding of the work of therapeutic prison officers. Seven prison officers working in a UK Category B therapeutic community prison were interviewed about their working lives including their own participation in therapy. Following a thematic analysis approach, key findings indicated that the physical and cultural work environment was very important to staff, the therapeutic element of their job role, whilst demanding, was both satisfying and rewarding and that working in a therapeutic prison environment provided the opportunity for personal as well as professional development. We conclude that further attention should be given to the unique nature of therapeutic prison work and the positive impact it can have upon wellbeing at work.
DOI Link: 10.1177/0306624X18778452
ISSN: 0306-624X
eISSN: 1552-6933
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2018, SAGE Publications. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy. (
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