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NCJ Number: 229693 Find in a Library
Title: Integrating DSM-IV Factors to Predict Violence in High-Risk Psychiatric Patients
Journal: Journal of Forensic Sciences  Volume:55  Issue:1  Dated:January 2010  Pages:121-128
Author(s): Donna M. Lynch, M.S.N.; Helen C. Noel, Ph.D.
Date Published: January 2010
Page Count: 8
Publisher: http://www3.interscience.wiley.com 
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study incorporated Axis-II and Axis-IV factors in DSM-IV to test the relationship between predicted risk for violence assessed in the psychiatric emergency room and actual violence during hospitalization.
Abstract: Psychiatric nurses lack an objective instrument to use during the acute psychiatric assessment. The retrospective study comprised consecutive psychiatric admissions (161) in one tertiary veterans' hospital. Statistical testing for the predictive power of risk factors, relationships between variables, and violent events included nonparametric tests, factor analysis, and logistic regression. Of the 32 patients who committed violence during hospitalization, 12 had committed violence in the psychiatric emergency room. Statistical significance was shown for violent incidents and dementia, court-ordered admission, mood disorder, and for three or more risk factors. The 13-item Risk of Violence Assessment (ROVA) scale suggest validity and sensitivity for rating DSM-IV factors and psychosocial stressors to predict risk for violence during hospitalization. Replication studies are recommended to strengthen validity of the ROVA scale. 3 tables, 53 references, and 2 appendixes (Published abstract)
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Instrument validation; Mental disorders; Mentally ill offenders; Violence prediction; Violent offenders
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