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dc.contributor.authorLeavitt, Naomi
dc.contributor.authorPresskreischer, Helene
dc.contributor.authorMaykuth, Patricia
dc.contributor.authorGrisso, Thomas
dc.date2022-08-11T08:10:27.000
dc.date.accessioned2022-08-23T17:09:09Z
dc.date.available2022-08-23T17:09:09Z
dc.date.issued2006-07-18
dc.date.submitted2010-09-10
dc.identifier.citationJ Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2006;34(2):231-9.
dc.identifier.issn1093-6793 (Linking)
dc.identifier.pmid16844804
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.14038/45746
dc.description.abstractThere is an increasing body of literature regarding violence toward mental health professionals in clinical settings, but little is known about the frequency of assaults on forensic evaluators. Forensic evaluators play a very different role in the evaluee's life than do treating clinicians. This study examined the incidence of aggressive behavior specifically directed toward forensic clinicians. Psychologists and psychiatrists (n = 190) in Massachusetts were surveyed regarding their experience of verbal threats, harassment/intimidation (H/I), and physical assault. Respondents were asked about the most distressing incident (MDI) in their forensic practices. This study found no more risk of aggressive behavior in the forensic context than the nonforensic context and concluded that forensic clinicians' concerns about their safety may be somewhat misplaced. In the 76 reported MDIs, physical injury was minimal, yet emotional distress was pronounced. Training programs and work settings should validate the legitimacy of these reactions, and help clinicians to cope with their emotional reactions.
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.relation<a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=pubmed&cmd=Retrieve&list_uids=16844804&dopt=Abstract">Link to Article in PubMed</a>
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.jaapl.org/cgi/reprint/34/2/231
dc.subject*Aggression
dc.subjectExpert Testimony
dc.subjectForensic Psychiatry
dc.subjectHumans
dc.subjectMassachusetts
dc.subjectQuestionnaires
dc.subjectPsychiatry
dc.titleAggression toward forensic evaluators: a statewide survey
dc.typeJournal Article
dc.source.journaltitleThe journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
dc.source.volume34
dc.source.issue2
dc.identifier.legacycoverpagehttps://escholarship.umassmed.edu/psych_pp/275
dc.identifier.contextkey1550402
html.description.abstract<p>There is an increasing body of literature regarding violence toward mental health professionals in clinical settings, but little is known about the frequency of assaults on forensic evaluators. Forensic evaluators play a very different role in the evaluee's life than do treating clinicians. This study examined the incidence of aggressive behavior specifically directed toward forensic clinicians. Psychologists and psychiatrists (n = 190) in Massachusetts were surveyed regarding their experience of verbal threats, harassment/intimidation (H/I), and physical assault. Respondents were asked about the most distressing incident (MDI) in their forensic practices. This study found no more risk of aggressive behavior in the forensic context than the nonforensic context and concluded that forensic clinicians' concerns about their safety may be somewhat misplaced. In the 76 reported MDIs, physical injury was minimal, yet emotional distress was pronounced. Training programs and work settings should validate the legitimacy of these reactions, and help clinicians to cope with their emotional reactions.</p>
dc.identifier.submissionpathpsych_pp/275
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Psychiatry
dc.source.pages231-9


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