Thesis

82 Chapter 3 CONCLUSION This study pays attention to the needs of prison staff regarding ESS when being confronted with the inherent moral challenges of prison work. It shows the staff’s overall positive evaluations of MCD, even though they had no prior experience with facilitated moral reflections. Prison staff valued the in-depth joint explorations of moral dilemmas. This study shows that MCD can be a fruitful instrument for prison staff to facilitate their critical yet constructive thinking and moral reflection within teams of prison staff. Some aspects need additional attention, such as some planning and implementation issues and the need to further strengthen general dialogical skills. Continuous monitoring and evaluation of MCD – with eyes for the needs of all stakeholders and organizational contexts – is needed to further professionalize and contextualize this type of ESS in prison context. In the near future, more attention should be given to the level of moral distress among prison staff, and whether instruments such as MCD could help decrease stress levels. Currently, further research is being conducted about whether and in which degree MCD has impact on the moral craftsmanship of prison staff.

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