Scientific Publications

The Action’s main purpose is exchanging, enhancing and broadening the knowledge on long-term forensic psychiatry in Europe. To ensure that the activities of the COST Action IS1302 can be widely shared with practitioners, patients, researchers, stake holders and the general public there are some documents to download here:

Note that it is very important that participants mention their acknowledgment to the COST Action for the main dissemination tools (joint publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at scientific conferences and workshops) for the results obtained during this Action.

Dissemination manager:

Ellen Vorstenbosch

Vorstenbosch, E.C.W., Bouman, Y.H., Braun, P.C., & Bulten, B.H. (2014). Psychometric properties of the forensic inpatient quality of life questionnaire: quality of life assessment for long-term forensic psychiatric care. Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine, 2 (1), p. 335-348.

ABSTRACT A substantial group of forensic psychiatric patients require (life)long forensic psychiatric care. Instead of aiming at re-entry into society, treatment in long-term forensic psychiatric care (LFPC) is principally aimed at medical and psychiatric care and optimising quality of life (QoL). To assess QoL in LFPC, the influence of both the mental disorder and the restrictive context should be considered. Therefore, a new instrument was developed: the Forensic inpatient QoL questionnaire (FQL). The FQL is based on the results of concept-mapping with patients and staff within LFPC. The main purpose of this study is to evaluate the psychometric properties of the FQL. One hundred and sixty-three FQLs, filled out by 98 male long-term forensic psychiatric patients, were included for testing reliability and content validity. For testing construct validity, 53 patients additionally completed the World Health Organisation Quality of Life-Brief version and 50 of them the Affect Balance Scale. Outcomes indicate that the FQL has good psychometric properties. Fifteen of the 16 FQL domains showed adequate to good reliability (Cronbach’s α range .69–.91) and 9 domains met the criteria for homogeneity. Content validity was demonstrated by exploratory factor analysis, which revealed a three-factor structure: social well-being, physical well-being and leave. Construct validity was supported by 59% correctly hypothesised inter- and intrascale Pearson’s correlation coefficients. Good psychometric properties and its clinical-based development make the FQL a valid and useful instrument for QoL assessment in LFPC. The FQL could therefore contribute to evidence-based and more advanced treatment programmes in LFPC.

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Vorstenbosch, E.C.W., Bouman, Y.H., Braun, P.C., & Bulten, B.H. (2010). Quality of Life within Long-term Forensic Pyschiatric Care. [In Dutch] Maandblad Geestelijke volksgezondheid, 65 (11), 869-883.

ABSTRACT Optimizing quality of life (QoL) is one of the main purposes of long-term forensic psychiatric care. However, little has been known about what the concept of QoL should entail in this specific context. Based on patients’ and staffs experiences and their perceptions on these experiences, the concept of QoL in long-term forensic psychiatric care has been determined. Aspects of importance to daily life in long-term forensic psychiatric care were assessed with a method called concept-mapping. This resulted in respectively eight and ten domains. The most important domains for patients and staff were humane treatment, having a save and pleasant living-environment and autonomy. The found concept differs from the currently, within forensic psychiatry used conceptualizations. The influence of having a mental disorder, the lack of freedom, restriction of movement and constraint of sexual relationships, give another connotation to the concept of QoL. The items and domains resulting from the concept-map served as a basis for the development of a disease- and setting-specific QoL-questionnaire (Forensic inpatient Quality of Life questionnaire) which provides relevant and practical information for the enhancement of QoL within long-term forensic psychiatric care.

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