A pilot study exploring mental health consumers' experiences with the police

Jones, L and Thomas, S 2019, 'A pilot study exploring mental health consumers' experiences with the police', Psychiatry Psychology and Law, vol. 26, no. 2, pp. 235-251.


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Title A pilot study exploring mental health consumers' experiences with the police
Author(s) Jones, L
Thomas, S
Year 2019
Journal name Psychiatry Psychology and Law
Volume number 26
Issue number 2
Start page 235
End page 251
Total pages 17
Publisher Routledge
Abstract Police encounters with people experiencing mental illness are both common and problematic. While there is an international body of literature on police officers' perceptions of mental-health-related incidents, few studies have sought to understand these encounters from the perspectives of people experiencing mental illness. This pilot study recruited 26 people through a state-wide Consumer Advisory Group who completed an online survey regarding their encounters with police. Results indicated that when people perceived procedurally just treatment from police they were more likely to co-operate with them and to evaluate the encounter positively. The nature of police involvement and levels of internalised stigma moderated the association between perceived procedural justice and their evaluation. Prior contacts were also important in shaping participants' overall attitudes towards police. Findings highlight the importance of officers treating people experiencing mental illness fairly and respectfully to facilitate peaceful encounters and help foster more positive perceptions of the police.
Subject Police Administration, Procedures and Practice
Forensic Psychology
Keyword(s) attitude
mental illness
perceptions
police encounters
policing
procedural justice
stigma
DOI - identifier 10.1080/13218719.2018.1504240
Copyright notice © 2018 The Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law
ISSN 1321-8719
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