Jefferson Journal of Psychiatry


Twenty percent of current psychiatric residents (N = 517) responded to a nationwide survey about patient violence. Thirty six percent of responders reported 630 assaults, with 74% of residents receiving 1,853 threats. While age and training level were correlated to each other (r = .35, p < .001), no correlations were found between gender, age, height, weight number of hours of violence management training and the occurrence of assault and threat. A smaller proportion of first year residents reported assaults and threats, and more males (79%) had been threatened (females = 69%). Sources of study bias are identified and future research directions are outlined.

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