Factors influencing clinicians' attitudes about aggression in Australian acute old age psychiatry inpatient units: A cross sectional survey design

Terence McCann, John Baird, Eimear Muir-Cochrane

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    Abstract

    Patient aggression occurs in old age psychiatry and is problematic. The aim of this study is to identify the factors that influence clinicians' attitudes toward aggression in old age psychiatry. Eighty-five individuals, comprising nurses (n = 75) and medical and allied health staff (n = 10), completed the questionnaire. The results show that gender, profession, and work experience do not affect attitudes toward aggression. A low score indicated agreement with an attitudinal statement. However, younger age, better higher level of completed education, and place of work increased the likelihood of participants endorsing the questionnaire's attitudinal statements about aggression. The findings suggest clinicians' attitudes may affect the way they attempt to prevent and manage aggression.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)542-550
    Number of pages9
    JournalIssues in Mental Health Nursing
    Volume35
    Issue number7
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014

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