Implications for the prevention of aggressive behavior within psychiatric hospitals drawn from interpersonal communication theory

Daffern, Michael, Day, Andrew, and Cookson, Amy (2012) Implications for the prevention of aggressive behavior within psychiatric hospitals drawn from interpersonal communication theory. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 56 (3). pp. 401-419.

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Abstract

Although interpersonal style is a defining feature of personality and personality disorder and is commonly identified as an important influence on aggressive behavior, treatment completion, and the development of an effective therapeutic alliance, it is rarely considered in practice guidelines for preventing, engaging, and managing patients at risk of aggression. In this article, the authors consider three potential applications of interpersonal theory to the care and management of patients at risk of aggression during hospitalization: (a) preventing aggression through theoretically grounded limit setting and de-escalation techniques, (b) developing and using interventions to alter problematic interpersonal styles, and (c) understanding therapeutic ruptures and difficulties establishing a therapeutic alliance. Interpersonal theory is proposed to offer a unifying framework that may assist development of intervention and management strategies that can help to reduce the occurrence of aggression in institutional settings.

Item ID: 47176
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: interpersonal style, aggression, violence, risk management
ISSN: 1552-6933
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2017 07:50
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920209 Mental Health Services @ 100%
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