Characteristics of Assaultive Psychiatric Patients: 20-Year Analysis of the Assaultive Staff Action Program (ASAP)

Characteristics of Assaultive Psychiatric Patients: 20-Year Analysis of the Assaultive Staff... Empirical research demonstrates that patient assaults on staff are a worldwide occupational hazard. This study examined patient assailant characteristics in a 20-year longitudinal, retrospective study in one public health care system. Older male patients with schizophrenic illness and histories of violence toward others and substance use disorder and younger male/female patients with personality disorders and histories of violence toward others, personal victimization, and substance use disorder were the more frequent assailants. This was true at 10-, 15-, and 20-year periods. Specific clinical findings with regard to forensic patients, the violence triad, and victimization of women as well as methodological issues were discussed and the implications noted. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Psychiatric Quarterly Springer Journals

Characteristics of Assaultive Psychiatric Patients: 20-Year Analysis of the Assaultive Staff Action Program (ASAP)

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Publisher
Springer US
Copyright
Copyright © 2010 by Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
Subject
Medicine & Public Health; Psychiatry; Public Health; Sociology, general
ISSN
0033-2720
eISSN
1573-6709
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11126-010-9152-0
Publisher site
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Abstract

Empirical research demonstrates that patient assaults on staff are a worldwide occupational hazard. This study examined patient assailant characteristics in a 20-year longitudinal, retrospective study in one public health care system. Older male patients with schizophrenic illness and histories of violence toward others and substance use disorder and younger male/female patients with personality disorders and histories of violence toward others, personal victimization, and substance use disorder were the more frequent assailants. This was true at 10-, 15-, and 20-year periods. Specific clinical findings with regard to forensic patients, the violence triad, and victimization of women as well as methodological issues were discussed and the implications noted.

Journal

Psychiatric QuarterlySpringer Journals

Published: Sep 8, 2010

References

  • Characteristics of assaultive psychiatric patients: Fifteen-year analysis of the Assaulted staff Action Program (ASAP)
    Flannery, RB; Juliano, J; Cronin, S

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