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Student psychiatric nurses' approval of containment measures: Relationship to perception of aggression and attitudes to personality disorder

Bowers, L., Alexander, J., Simpson, A., Ryan, C. and Carr-Walker, P. (2007). Student psychiatric nurses' approval of containment measures: Relationship to perception of aggression and attitudes to personality disorder. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 44(3), pp. 349-356. doi: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2005.03.002

Abstract

Difficult and challenging behaviour by inpatients is a feature of acute psychiatric ward life. Different methods are used to contain these behaviours, and there is international variation in which are approved of or used. Previous research suggests that staff attitudes to patients may affect their willingness to use, or choice of, method. The aim of this study was to explore the relationship between approval of containment measures, perception of aggression and attitude to personality disorder. A survey of student psychiatric nurses was conducted, and using three attitudinal questionnaires related to aggression and containment. An association was found between positive attitude to patients and the approval of containment methods that involved nurses being in personal contact with patients. There was evidence that students’ attitudes to patients deteriorated over time. The results highlighted the importance of (and linkage between) staffs’ feelings of anger and fear towards patients, and their preparedness to use containment measures.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in International Journal of Nursing Studies. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in International Journal of Nursing Studies, Volume 44, Issue 3, March 2007, Pages 349–356, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2005.03.002.
Publisher Keywords: Aggression; Psychiatry; Containment; Seclusion; Restraint; Personality disorder
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Departments: School of Health Sciences
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URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/7318
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