Exposure to aggression and the impact on staff in a child and adolescent inpatient unit

Dean, Angela J., Gibbon, Peter, McDermott, Brett M., Davidson, Tim, and Scott, James (2010) Exposure to aggression and the impact on staff in a child and adolescent inpatient unit. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 24 (1). pp. 15-26.

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Abstract

Aggression is common in mental health services, but little research has examined exposure to aggression and its impact on staff in children and adolescent settings. Staff members within a child and adolescent psychiatric inpatient unit were interviewed to examine exposure to aggression and perceptions about the impact of aggression. Involvement in episodes of physical aggression was common (84.8%, 28/33) and was linked to difficulty attending work and other emotional and professional sequelae. These findings suggest that aggression is an important issue for staff working in child and adolescent settings and that aggression may impair the therapeutic capacity of staff.

Item ID: 44568
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
ISSN: 1532-8228
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2016 01:33
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences > 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920111 Nervous System and Disorders @ 100%
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