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ERIC Number: ED262329
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Aug
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Patient Violence toward and Verbal Abuse and Harassment of Therapists.
Tryon, Georgiana Shick
Although studies have examined assaultive behavior by patients toward mental health practitioners, very little research has explored patient violence toward, or harassment of, psychologists in independent practice and at other jobs. To investigate this area, a 17-item questionnaire was sent to independent practitioners in psychology. The questionnaire asked about respondents' education; extent and location of practice; frequency of verbal abuse, physical attack, and other harassment by patients; and concerns regarding patient violence. Results from 300 returned questionnaires revealed that 81 percent of the practitioners had at least one incident of patient physical attack, verbal abuse, or other harassment in private practice or at another job. Verbal abuse was the most frequently reported event. Physical attacks were about twice as common at jobs in hospitals and clinics than in independent practice. Other harassments, such as annoying phone calls or threats to sue, were more common in private work than at other jobs. Over half of the practitioners reported avoiding certain types of patients (those with violent histories, paranoid schizophrenics, drug addicts) to avoid danger. Since these types of incidents do occur with some frequency, it would seem advisable for clinical training programs to discuss such incidents with students and suggest ways to deal with or prevent patient harassment. Results of the questionnaire are presented in tabular appendices. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A