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As part of an evaluation of the Dangerous and Severe Personality Disorder (DSPD) Programme, we conducted in-depth interviews with 60 participants purposely sampled across four pilot DSPD units. This report is limited to the finding with potential `conceptual generalisability': namely the unanticipated finding of negative and hostile attitudes of participants being managed in hospital units compared with the prison system. The recent UK government policy decision to concentrate this programme in prisons may, in part, reflect the significance of these findings.

Original publication




Journal article


Br J Psychiatry

Publication Date





252 - 253


Commitment of Mentally Ill, Dangerous Behavior, Government Programs, Hospitals, Psychiatric, Humans, Incidental Findings, Male, Patient Satisfaction, Personality Disorders, Pilot Projects, Prisoners, Prisons, Program Evaluation, Qualitative Research, Security Measures, United Kingdom