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Procedural justice and forensic mental health: an introduction and future directions

Procedural justice and forensic mental health: an introduction and future directions

Tomlin, Jack ORCID: 0000-0002-7610-7918, Markham, Sarah, Wittouck, Ciska and Simpson, Alexander (2023) Procedural justice and forensic mental health: an introduction and future directions. Medicine, Science and the Law. ISSN 0025-8024 (Print), 2042-1818 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1177/00258024231206865)

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Abstract

This article advocates for integrating procedural justice principles into forensic mental health services to enhance patient engagement and autonomy. Procedural justice, broadly defined as fair decision-making processes, is introduced and key principles including voice, neutrality, respect and trustworthiness are described. Evidence suggestive of positive outcomes following procedural justice experiences, such as improved satisfaction, collaboration and reduced perceptions of coercion is outlined. Practical applications are suggested, including staff training and reflective practices using procedural justice principles. The article then calls for further research to explore patients’ and staff members’ experiences of procedural justice in forensic settings, develop measurement tools, undertake intervention studies and establish causal links between procedural justice and outcomes important for forensic patients.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: procedural justice; forensic mental health; patient engagement; autonomy; shared decision-making
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
K Law > K Law (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA1001 Forensic Medicine. Medical jurisprudence. Legal medicine
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Law & Criminology (LAC)
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2023 15:28
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/44634

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