Three degrees of security: attachment and forensic institutions

Crim Behav Ment Health. 2002;12(2 Suppl):S31-45. doi: 10.1002/cbm.2200120605.


Attachment theory can be a useful tool for understanding management problems in forensic institutions, where staff and residents are involved in long-term dependency relationships that involve both care and control. The author discusses the relationship between security and violence, and how the forensic institution needs to become a ' secure base'.

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Forensic Psychiatry / methods*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Object Attachment*
  • Professional-Patient Relations
  • Security Measures*
  • Violence / prevention & control