Journal article

Implications for the Prevention of Aggressive Behavior Within Psychiatric Hospitals Drawn From Interpersonal Communication Theory

Michael Daffern, Andrew Day, Amy Cookson

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OFFENDER THERAPY AND COMPARATIVE CRIMINOLOGY | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2012

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 problemat..

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