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The investigation of early warning signs of aggression in forensic patients by means of the 'Forensic Early Signs of Aggression Inventory'
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PMID:  23043702     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: The Forensic Early Warning Signs of Aggression Inventory (FESAI) was developed to assist nurses and patients in identifying early warning signs and constructing individual early detection plans (EDP) for the prevention of aggressive incidents. The aims of this research were as follows: First, to study the prevalence of early warning signs of aggression, measured with the FESAI, in a sample of forensic patients, and second, to explore whether there are any types of warning signs typical of diagnostic subgroups or offender subgroups. BACKGROUND: Reconstructing patients' changes in behaviour prior to aggressive incidents may contribute to identify early warning signs specific to the individual patient. The EDP comprises an early intervention strategy suggested by the patient and approved by the nurses. Implementation of EDP may enhance efficient risk assessment and management. DESIGN: An explorative design was used to review existing records and to monitor frequencies of early warning signs. METHODS: Early detection plans of 171 patients from two forensic hospital wards were examined. Frequency distributions were estimated by recording the early warning signs on the FESAI. Rank order correlation analyses were conducted to compare diagnostic subgroups and offender subgroups concerning types and frequencies of warning signs. RESULTS: The FESAI categories with the highest frequency rank were the following: (1) anger, (2) social withdrawal, (3) superficial contact and (4) non-aggressive antisocial behaviour. There were no significant differences between subgroups of patients concerning the ranks of the four categories of early warning signs. CONCLUSION: The results suggest that the FESAI covers very well the wide variety of occurred warning signs reported in the EDPs. No group profiles of warning signs were found to be specific to diagnosis or offence type. RELEVANCE TO CLINICAL PRACTICE: Applying the FESAI to develop individual EDPs appears to be a promising approach to enhance risk assessment and management.
Authors:
Frans Aj Fluttert; Berno Van Meijel; Stål Bjørkly; Mirjam Van Leeuwen; Mieke Grypdonck
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-10-9
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of clinical nursing     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1365-2702     ISO Abbreviation:  J Clin Nurs     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
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Created Date:  2012-10-9     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9207302     Medline TA:  J Clin Nurs     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Affiliation:
FPC Dr. S. Van Mesdag/Forint, Groningen, The Netherlands; Molde University College, Molde, Norway; Centre for Research and Education in Forensic Psychiatry, Ullevål University Hospital, Oslo, Norway.
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