Characteristics of Staff Victims of Pschiatric Patient Assaults: 15-Year Analysis of the Assaulted Staff Action Program (ASAP)

Characteristics of Staff Victims of Pschiatric Patient Assaults: 15-Year Analysis of the... Psychiatric patient assaults on staff victims are a worldwide occupational hazard. This paper reports on a 15-year study of the characteristics of staff victims of patient assaults and a crisis intervention procedure to ameliorate the aftermath of theses incidents. The debate on the efficacy of early interventions is outlined and the present 15-year findings are presented, findings demonstrating remarkable consistency in victim characteristics over time. The crisis intervention procedures were associated with sharp declines in disrupted victim functioning. The validity of the study’s findings are noted and the implications for enhanced risk management training and staff victim crisis intervention procedures are discussed. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Psychiatric Quarterly Springer Journals

Characteristics of Staff Victims of Pschiatric Patient Assaults: 15-Year Analysis of the Assaulted Staff Action Program (ASAP)

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Publisher
Springer US
Copyright
Copyright © 2006 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/s11126-006-9024-9
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Abstract

Psychiatric patient assaults on staff victims are a worldwide occupational hazard. This paper reports on a 15-year study of the characteristics of staff victims of patient assaults and a crisis intervention procedure to ameliorate the aftermath of theses incidents. The debate on the efficacy of early interventions is outlined and the present 15-year findings are presented, findings demonstrating remarkable consistency in victim characteristics over time. The crisis intervention procedures were associated with sharp declines in disrupted victim functioning. The validity of the study’s findings are noted and the implications for enhanced risk management training and staff victim crisis intervention procedures are discussed.

Journal

Psychiatric QuarterlySpringer Journals

Published: Nov 11, 2006

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