Person-environment interaction in a new secure forensic state psychiatric hospital

Behav Sci Law. Jul-Aug 2014;32(4):527-38. doi: 10.1002/bsl.2127. Epub 2014 Jul 9.


This study examined the person-environment interaction effects of environmental design on ward climate, safety, job satisfaction, and treatment outcomes within a new high security forensic psychiatric facility. Participants included male and female adult psychiatric inpatients and staff members at different security stages. Data were collected once before and twice after the experimental group moved into the new building. The control group remained in the same facilities. Contrary to expectations, the new building had limited effects on the measured variables.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Environment*
  • Female
  • Forensic Psychiatry
  • Health Personnel / psychology*
  • Hospitals, Psychiatric*
  • Humans
  • Inpatients / psychology*
  • Job Satisfaction
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders / psychology*
  • Mental Health Services
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Surveys and Questionnaires