Seclusion and Mental Health

A break with the past

  • Ann Alty
  • Tom Mason

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Tom Mason, Ann Alty
    Pages 1-16
  3. Ann Alty
    Pages 17-31
  4. Tom Mason
    Pages 32-48
  5. Tom Mason
    Pages 65-81
  6. Tom Mason, Ann Alty
    Pages 95-109
  7. Ann Alty
    Pages 110-126
  8. Ann Alty, Tom Mason
    Pages 127-145
  9. Ann Alty
    Pages 146-160
  10. Ann Alty, Tom Mason
    Pages 161-173
  11. Ann Alty, Tom Mason
    Pages 174-186
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 187-201

About this book


Seclusion as a concept is poorly understood and this is reflected in the literature on the topic, particularly from nursing authors. This has led to an emotionally charged altercation rather than academic debate, both within the literature and at conferences. But why bother learning about seclusion at all, particularly as it is used less and less within mental health? We would point out to those sceptical about the value of this book that seclusion is not only of interest as an intervention per se, but is valuable in reflecting a shifting ethos within care. For some reason, seclusion has been neglected; we believe that one reason is that it impinges upon widely held myths and beliefs within psychiatric practice. Questioning about seclusion uncovers uncomfortable facts and assumptions concerning the values underpinning today's mental health care approaches. Such uncomfortable questioning is often avoided for safer research pursuits. Also, we hold that this book is necessary in examining issues pertaining to seclusion practice. There is a gap within nursing knowledge in so far as seclusion is concerned, as our chapter on education upholds. Yet inquiries and litigation have highlighted the fact that seclusion practice must be more clearly understood as an intervention. At present, such understanding is erratic and far from useful in providing a higher standard of care. Practitioners need to make informed decisions regarding seclu­ sion, and this book aims to provide the necessary information on which to base these decisions.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Ann Alty
    • 1
    • 2
  • Tom Mason
    • 3
  1. 1.Mental Health TeamSouthportUK
  2. 2.Formby Community Health Services NHS TrustMerseysideUK
  3. 3.Ashworth HospitalMaghullUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 1994
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-412-55230-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4899-2969-3
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