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NCJ Number: 220023 Find in a Library
Title: Gender-Based Incidence Study of Workplace Violence in Psychiatric and Forensic Settings
Journal: Violence and Victims  Volume:22  Issue:4  Dated:2007  Pages:449-462
Author(s): Mary A. Hatch-Maillette Ph.D.; Mario J. Scalora Ph.D.; Shannon M. Bader M.A.; Brian H. Bornstein Ph.D.
Date Published: 2007
Page Count: 14
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined whether male and female psychiatric staff experienced different types and frequencies of threatening incidents from patients.
Abstract: Results indicated that male staff were no more likely than female staff to have been physically or sexually assaulted by a patient. However, women were more likely than men to have been verbally or physically threatened. Females also reported more experiences in which a patient made a sexual threat to them. Participants were recruited from a midwestern State psychiatric facility with forensic, long-term, and acute care units, and a community-based dual-diagnosis treatment facility. This included staff of all types: clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, master’s –level therapists, psychiatric technicians, and case managers. Out of 103 eligible staff at the outpatient and residential dual-diagnosis community mental health programs, 39 percent completed the survey packet. At the State hospital programs, 40 percent out of 225 completed the survey packet. This resulted in a sample with a total of 51 male staff (40 percent) and 78 female (60 percent). A multivariate analysis of covariance (MANCOVA) was conducted to compare how men and women reported experiencing physical threats, sexual threats, and number of assaults while controlling for these differences. Tables, references
Main Term(s): Workplace Violence
Index Term(s): Female victims; Healthcare; Hospitals; Male survivors
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