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Monitoring and measurement of patients’ dangerous behaviors at a psychiatric ward – an overview of tools

LESZEK CISZEWSKI1
1. Kliniki Psychiatrii Sądowej Instytutu Psychiatrii i Neurologii w Pruszkowie
Postępy Psychiatrii i Neurologii, 1998, 7, 449-454
Keywords: aggression, aggression measurement scales

Abstract

The following four tools for the measurement of psychiatric patients' dangerous behaviors are presented in the paper: the "Overt Aggression Scale", developed in the USA, two Scandinavian tools (the "Staff Observation Aggression Scale" and the "Social Dysfunction and Aggression Scale"), as well as the "Dangerous Behaviors Questionnaire" designed at the Forensic Psychiatry Department of the Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology. These tools were compared, above all, for the type of behaviors assessed and techniques of measurement. Possible areas of these tools applicability were considered, including their usefulness for therapy outcome evaluation in specialized units of forensic psychiatry.

Address for correspondence:
Dr Leszek Ciszewski,
Klinika Psychiatrii Sądowej IPiN,
ul. Partyzantów 2/4, 05-802 Pruszków