Title

A hermeneutic phenomenological examination of the lived experience of incarceration for those with autism

Document Type

Article

Publication details

Newman, C, Cashin, A, Waters, C 2015, 'A hermeneutic phenomenological examination of the lived experience of incarceration for those with autism', Issues in Mental Health Nursing, vol. 36, no. 8, pp. 632-640.

Published version available from:

http://doi.org/10.3109/01612840.2015.1014587

Peer Reviewed

Peer-Reviewed

Abstract

This study aimed to examine the lived experience of incarceration for those with autism using a hermeneutic phenomenological approach. Eight adults who were incarcerated in New South Wales, Australia, were interviewed. The lived experience of incarceration for the participants was about being in an unpredictable environment characterised by ever-changing routines and complex social situations. Participants were deprived of their ability to create predictability in their environment, and experienced confusion and distress when forced to comply with actions that were in conflict with their logic. Mental health nursing case management is recommended to address the needs of incarcerated persons with autism.