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Seclusion or solitary confinement: Therapeutic or punitive treatment?


Farrell, GA and Dares, G, Seclusion or solitary confinement: Therapeutic or punitive treatment?, Australian and NZ Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 5, (4) pp. 171-179. ISSN 1324-3780 (1996) [Refereed Article]


This paper is a review of the age-old problem of seclusion in relation to the prison practice of solitary confinement. The article challenges the stance that seclusion is a therapeutic intervention and it questions the idea that security is compromised when seclusion practices are reduced. The paper explores what appears to be semantic rather than fundamental differences between these two containment practices and suggests that staff attitudes, including a unit's culture, remain crucial factors in determining seclusion practices and not, as one might expect, patient behaviours. Alternatives to seclusion are explored.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Other health
Objective Field:Other health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Farrell, GA (Professor Gerald Farrell)
UTAS Author:Dares, G ( Gerry Dares)
ID Code:7721
Year Published:1996
Deposited By:Health Sciences B
Deposited On:1996-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-19

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