Exploring positive affect for Forensic mental health service users using a Qigong intervention

Investigator: Chris Quinn

Rationale and aims:

  • People experiencing mental illness require services that provide them with a sense of personal safety, a place where they can experience a reduction to their distress and assistance to manage their feelings. Exploring the experience of service users to interventions such as Qigong is important in understanding whether benefits exist.
  • The aim of the research is to explore whether Qigong is an effective intervention on positive affect traits for Forensic mental health service users. The research will evaluate:
    • How Forensic mental health service users respond to a Qigong intervention?
    • Whether Qigong is an effective intervention for Forensic mental health service users?

Methodology:

  • Two inpatient service users groups from Thomas Embling Hospital were invited to participate in 10 Qigong groups.
  • Response to Qigong were measured using an adapted version of Gilbert’s Positive Affect Rating Scale following each group.
  • The addition of three qualitative questions were added to provide greater understanding of the person’s experience.