Expressed emotions, attributions and coping in staff who have been victims of violent incidents

Cottle, Mandy and Kuipers, Liz and Murphy, Glynis H. and Oakes, Peter (1995) Expressed emotions, attributions and coping in staff who have been victims of violent incidents. Mental Handicap Research, 8 (3). pp. 169-183. ISSN 0952-9608 . (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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In some occupations, there is an increased risk of becoming a victim of a violent incident. Nursing and care work, in settings for people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour, or who have mental health needs, are occupations which can involve such a risk. This study examined how staff felt, after a violent incident, towards the perpetrator of the incident (expressed emotion), and the reasons (attributions) that the care staff gave as to their belief about the cause of the incident. Coping was investigated by looking at measures of anxiety. Results indicated that anxiety was often increased a week after the incident but then returned to baseline levels after a month. Expressed emotion was often high after an incident, and remained high a month later. Reasons that staff gave about the cause of the violent incident varied but they seldom blamed themselves for the incident. They tended to make attributions which were internal to the client, external to themselves, personal to the client, uncontrollable by themselves, and neither controllable nor uncontrollable by the client.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV3008 Mental handicap and social care
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
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