Oral Health as a Door to Promoting Psychosocial Functioning for People in Custody: Lessons Learnt from the Development of the Mouth Matters Intervention

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Abstract

The aim of this chapter is to report on the development of the oral
health intervention programme for the Scottish Government, called
‘Mouth Matters’ (Freeman et al. 2014), and its progression to a peer
health coaching intervention to improve the psychosocial functioning of
people in prison. Aspects of the development work that gave rise to
Mouth Matters will be used to illustrate the links between oral health and
psychosocial functioning. Therefore, the first part of this chapter will
describe the psychosocial needs of people in prison in Scotland which
informed the six Units of the Mouth Matters intervention. The second
part will present a reworking of a qualitative exploration of the prisoners’
oral health concerns that permitted Unit 6, ‘Working with offenders:
promoting and supporting oral health behaviour change’, to be reconfigured into a peer health coaching programme to promote psychosocial
functioning via the portal of oral health. A summary description of the
qualitative evaluation of the peer health coaching intervention that promoted psychosocial functioning via the portal of oral health will be
provided.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIssues and Innovations in Prison Health
Subtitle of host publicationResearch Methods, Issues and Innovations
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Chapter10
Pages211-233
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)ISBN 978-3-030-46401-1
ISBN (Print)ISBN 978-3-030-46400-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29 Oct 2020

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