Violence and aggression in mental health-care settings

Eimear Muir-Cochrane, Joy A. Duxbury

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Welcome to this special edition of International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, focussing on violence and aggression in mental health‐care settings. While this is not a new agenda, to date, the journey travelled has been an interesting one, and the present agendas are quite different to those identified historically, albeit not in all aspects of care. For example, the use of the term ‘restrictive practices’ and the push for their minimization are relatively recent.

As co‐editors we first published our research in this area some 20 years ago when there was a distinct scarcity of research into coercive measures in mental health nursing practice (Muir‐Cochrane 1995, 1996; Duxbury 1999, 2002). A lot has changed since then, and we offer some reflections to whet your appetite for this special issue.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)421-422
Number of pages2
JournalInternational Journal of Mental Health Nursing
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2017


  • Violence
  • Aggression
  • Mental health care
  • Nurses
  • Risk assessment


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