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The developmental and social history of repetitively aggressive mental health patients

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Objective: A small subgroup of patients is primarily responsible for the large number of aggressive and violent incidents in psychiatric inpatient units. This study aims to identify the developmental, social and interpersonal histories of repeatedly aggressive patients in order to better understand their treatment needs.

    Methods: A total of 1269 consecutive inpatients were studied over 18 months, identifying 64 who were repeatedly aggressive; 128 non-aggressive patients were randomly matched to the aggressive patients by age, sex and diagnosis. Developmental, social, interpersonal and familial histories were obtained from a chart review.

    Results: Repeatedly aggressive patients were significantly more likely to have had a history of aggression, physical and sexual abuse, and experienced interpersonal problems and parental divorce.

    Conclusions: Aggressive patients do not just need short-term skills training, but interventions that target interpersonal and personality disorder deficits associated with their developmental histories.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Grenyer, B. FS., Lewis, K. L., Ilkiw-Lavalle, O., Deane, R., Milicevic, D. & Pai, N. (2013). The developmental and social history of repetitively aggressive mental health patients. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 47 (5), 463-469.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84880540833

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/245

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 6

Start Page


  • 463

End Page


  • 469

Volume


  • 47

Issue


  • 5

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • Objective: A small subgroup of patients is primarily responsible for the large number of aggressive and violent incidents in psychiatric inpatient units. This study aims to identify the developmental, social and interpersonal histories of repeatedly aggressive patients in order to better understand their treatment needs.

    Methods: A total of 1269 consecutive inpatients were studied over 18 months, identifying 64 who were repeatedly aggressive; 128 non-aggressive patients were randomly matched to the aggressive patients by age, sex and diagnosis. Developmental, social, interpersonal and familial histories were obtained from a chart review.

    Results: Repeatedly aggressive patients were significantly more likely to have had a history of aggression, physical and sexual abuse, and experienced interpersonal problems and parental divorce.

    Conclusions: Aggressive patients do not just need short-term skills training, but interventions that target interpersonal and personality disorder deficits associated with their developmental histories.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Grenyer, B. FS., Lewis, K. L., Ilkiw-Lavalle, O., Deane, R., Milicevic, D. & Pai, N. (2013). The developmental and social history of repetitively aggressive mental health patients. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 47 (5), 463-469.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84880540833

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/245

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 6

Start Page


  • 463

End Page


  • 469

Volume


  • 47

Issue


  • 5

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom