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ERIC Number: ED265460
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Pages: 69
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Is the Authoritarian Trait in Mental Health Workers a Significant Predictor Variable of Patient Assault?
Safian-Rush, Donna
Mental health workers may be assaulted by their violent patients. A study was conducted to examine one predictor variable of aggressive behavior in patients. It was hypothesized that authoritarian traits in the mental health worker could result in more assaults against the mental health worker by patients. Participants (N=32) were mental health workers in a crisis intervention unit of a hospital in Miami, Florida. The workers included 3 psychiatrists, 16 nurses, 3 social workers, and 10 mental health technicians. A questionnaire was administered to determine the number of patient assaults against respondents and to collect demographic information on the respondents. Participants' personality traits were assessed using the F scale measure of authoritarianism (Adorno, 1950). The results indicated that men were attacked more than 16 times as often as women. Sixty-eight percent of the workers reported attacks, and 58 percent of those workers felt that the attacks could have been prevented. The relationship between authoritarianism and attack, though positive, was not significant. Further research about attitudes likely to provoke violence, prevention of patient assaults, and qualifications of workers is recommended. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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