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, vol. 56, no. 3, pp. 401-419.

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Title Implications for the prevention of aggressive behavior within psychiatric hospitals drawn from interpersonal communication theory
Author(s) Daffern, Michael
Day, Andrew
Cookson, Amy
Journal name International journal of offender therapy and comparative criminology
Volume number 56
Issue number 3
Start page 401
End page 419
Total pages 19
Publisher Sage Publications, Inc.
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Publication date 2012-05
ISSN 0306-624X
1552-6933
Keyword(s) interpersonal style
risk management
violence
aggression
Summary 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.
Language eng
Field of Research 180102 Access to Justice
Socio Economic Objective 940403 Criminal Justice
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, Sage
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30045902

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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