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Understanding experiences of suicidality within women’s prisons in England: a systematic review of the qualitative literature (2023)
Journal Article
Struthers, L., & Mahoney, A. (in press). Understanding experiences of suicidality within women’s prisons in England: a systematic review of the qualitative literature. Journal of Forensic Practice, https://doi.org/10.1108/jfp-03-2023-0008

Purpose Suicide and suicide-related incidents have increased within women’s prisons in the UK. This paper aims to synthesise the findings of qualitative literature, to gain a deeper understanding of the how women and staff in English prisons experie... Read More about Understanding experiences of suicidality within women’s prisons in England: a systematic review of the qualitative literature.

Exploring the Relationship Between Compassion and Attachment in Individuals with Mental Health Difficulties: A Systematic Review (2022)
Journal Article
Amari, N., Martin, T., Mahoney, A., Peacock, S., Stewart, J., & Alford, E. A. (2023). Exploring the Relationship Between Compassion and Attachment in Individuals with Mental Health Difficulties: A Systematic Review. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, 53(3), 245-256. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10879-022-09573-4

The objective of the review was to explore the relevance of the relationship of compassion and attachment to mental health. APAPsycInfo, APAPsycArticles, CINAHL, MEDLINE, Social Science Database, Sociology Database, PTSDpubs, Pubmed, and Web of Scien... Read More about Exploring the Relationship Between Compassion and Attachment in Individuals with Mental Health Difficulties: A Systematic Review.

Compassionate Recovery and Neurological Empowerment (CRANE): A trauma focused pilot intervention for women in prison with complex needs who engage in self-harm (2022)
Journal Article
Mahoney, A., Sutcliffe, G., & Connolly, B. (2022). Compassionate Recovery and Neurological Empowerment (CRANE): A trauma focused pilot intervention for women in prison with complex needs who engage in self-harm. Abuse: An International Impact Journal, 3(2), 46-60. https://doi.org/10.37576/abuse.2022.037

The high prevalence of interpersonal trauma for women in custody is well known. The mental health sequelae of such experiences can include lifelong patterns of harmful behaviour directed towards both onself and others. Responding effectively to such... Read More about Compassionate Recovery and Neurological Empowerment (CRANE): A trauma focused pilot intervention for women in prison with complex needs who engage in self-harm.

Compassion and complex interpersonal trauma in adolescence: An early systematic review (2021)
Journal Article
Amari, N., & Mahoney, A. (2022). Compassion and complex interpersonal trauma in adolescence: An early systematic review. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 29(3), 799-814. https://doi.org/10.1002/cpp.2689

Background Whilst childhood trauma has been identified as a transdiagnostic risk factor for poly-psychopathology, compassion-focused interventions have emerged as transdiagnostic treatment modality. However, no previous systematic review has specifi... Read More about Compassion and complex interpersonal trauma in adolescence: An early systematic review.

Development of a scale measuring online sexual harassment: Examining gender differences and the emotional impact of sexual harassment victimization online (2021)
Journal Article
Buchanan, N., & Mahoney, A. (2022). Development of a scale measuring online sexual harassment: Examining gender differences and the emotional impact of sexual harassment victimization online. Legal and Criminological Psychology, 27(1), 63-81. https://doi.org/10.1111/lcrp.12197

Purpose This study aimed to outline the construct of online sexual harassment (OSH) to ensure its accurate measurement and to develop a tool to measure OSH victimization in adults. Secondary aims were to explore potential gender differences in victi... Read More about Development of a scale measuring online sexual harassment: Examining gender differences and the emotional impact of sexual harassment victimization online.

Working Relationally with Adolescents Who Have Experienced Complex Interpersonal Trauma: an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (2021)
Journal Article
Amari, N., & Mahoney, A. (2022). Working Relationally with Adolescents Who Have Experienced Complex Interpersonal Trauma: an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma, 15, 75-87. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40653-021-00349-x

The study explores practitioners’ experiences of working with adolescents with complex interpersonal trauma. Five mental health professionals were recruited via purposive and snowball sampling. Semi-structured interviews were conducted, audio-recorde... Read More about Working Relationally with Adolescents Who Have Experienced Complex Interpersonal Trauma: an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis.

How important are phase 1 interventions for complex interpersonal trauma? A pilot randomised control trial of a group psychoeducational intervention (2020)
Journal Article
Mahoney, A., Karatzias, T., Dougal, N., & Halliday, K. (2020). How important are phase 1 interventions for complex interpersonal trauma? A pilot randomised control trial of a group psychoeducational intervention. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 27(4), 597-610. https://doi.org/10.1002/cpp.2447

Although psychoeducational interventions are recommended as phase 1 interventions for complex trauma there is limited evidence on their efficacy. This pilot randomised control trial (RCT) investigated the efficacy of a pure psychoeducational interven... Read More about How important are phase 1 interventions for complex interpersonal trauma? A pilot randomised control trial of a group psychoeducational intervention.

Childhood adversity and psychosis in detained inpatients from medium to high secured units: Results from the Scottish census survey (2019)
Journal Article
Karatzias, T., Shevlin, M., Pitcairn, J., Thomson, L., Mahoney, A., & Hyland, P. (2019). Childhood adversity and psychosis in detained inpatients from medium to high secured units: Results from the Scottish census survey. Child Abuse and Neglect, 96, Article 104094. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chiabu.2019.104094

Background There is limited data available regarding the most common forms of psychiatric illness, the occurrence of childhood adversity, and the link between childhood adversity and criminal and psychiatric outcomes amongst forensic inpatients.... Read More about Childhood adversity and psychosis in detained inpatients from medium to high secured units: Results from the Scottish census survey.

The efficacy of a psychoeducational intervention for the stabilisation of complex interpersonal trauma symptomatology in female offenders (2019)
Thesis
Mahoney, A. The efficacy of a psychoeducational intervention for the stabilisation of complex interpersonal trauma symptomatology in female offenders. (Thesis). Edinburgh Napier University. Retrieved from http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/Output/2086402

Interpersonal trauma is endemic in female prisons. Implementing trauma informed interventions to assist the recovery of women in custody has long been advocated for. It has been argued that psychoeducation should constitute a critical first phase of... Read More about The efficacy of a psychoeducational intervention for the stabilisation of complex interpersonal trauma symptomatology in female offenders.

A systematic review and meta-analysis of group treatments for adults with symptoms associated with complex post-traumatic stress disorder (2018)
Journal Article
Mahoney, A., Karatzias, T., & Hutton, P. (2018). A systematic review and meta-analysis of group treatments for adults with symptoms associated with complex post-traumatic stress disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2018.09.059

Background: No previous meta-analyses have specifically investigated the effectiveness of psychological group therapy for symptoms associated with complex interpersonal trauma, including whether trauma memory processing (TMP) therapies are superior t... Read More about A systematic review and meta-analysis of group treatments for adults with symptoms associated with complex post-traumatic stress disorder.

From Childhood Trauma to Self-Harm: An Investigation of Theoretical Pathways among Female Prisoners: Childhood Trauma and Self-Harm in Female Prisoners (2016)
Journal Article
Howard, R., Karatzias, T., Power, K., & Mahoney, A. (2017). From Childhood Trauma to Self-Harm: An Investigation of Theoretical Pathways among Female Prisoners: Childhood Trauma and Self-Harm in Female Prisoners. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 24(4), 942-951. https://doi.org/10.1002/cpp.2058

Despite empirical evidence suggesting complex associations between childhood trauma and self-harm, there is a dearth of research investigating this association in the female prison population. The current study explored pathways to self-harm followin... Read More about From Childhood Trauma to Self-Harm: An Investigation of Theoretical Pathways among Female Prisoners: Childhood Trauma and Self-Harm in Female Prisoners.

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms mediate the relationship between substance misuse and violent offending among female prisoners (2016)
Journal Article
Howard, R., Karatzias, T., Power, K., & Mahoney, A. (2017). Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms mediate the relationship between substance misuse and violent offending among female prisoners. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 52(1), 21-25. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00127-016-1293-5

Purpose Despite empirical evidence suggesting complex associations between psychological trauma, substance misuse, and violent offending, there is a dearth of research investigating these associations in the female prison population. Methods A cro... Read More about Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms mediate the relationship between substance misuse and violent offending among female prisoners.

Substance Related Offending Behaviour Programme (SROBP): an exploration of gender responsivity and treatment acceptance issues for female prisoners (2015)
Journal Article
Mahoney, A., Chouliara, Z., & Karatzias, T. (2015). Substance Related Offending Behaviour Programme (SROBP): an exploration of gender responsivity and treatment acceptance issues for female prisoners. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, 26(6), 798-823. https://doi.org/10.1080/14789949.2015.1062993

Substance-related offending poses a considerable problem for society. In response, criminal justice agencies have widely delivered cognitive-behavioural interventions, such as the Substance-Related Offending Behaviour Programme (SROBP), to both male... Read More about Substance Related Offending Behaviour Programme (SROBP): an exploration of gender responsivity and treatment acceptance issues for female prisoners.

Violent female offending : an exploration of repeat and one-time offending (2012)
Journal Article
Mahoney, A. L., & Karatzias, T. (2012). Violent female offending : an exploration of repeat and one-time offending. International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, 11, 191-202. https://doi.org/10.1080/14999013.2012.723664

There has been an increased focus on understanding the factors that may be predictive of violent recidivism among female offenders. Previous research has indicated that repeat and one-time violent female offenders have very different profiles. All fe... Read More about Violent female offending : an exploration of repeat and one-time offending.