Violent behavior in acute psychiatric inpatient facilities: A national survey in italy

Bruno Biancosino, Sara Delmonte, Luigi Grassi, Giovanni Santone, Antonio Preti, Rossella Miglio, Giovanni De Girolamo

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Violence committed by acute psychiatric inpatients represents an important and challenging problem in clinical practice. Sociodemographic, clinical, and treatment information were collected for 1324 patients (677 men and 647 women) admitted to Italian public and private acute psychiatric inpatient facilities during an index period in 2004, and the sample divided into 3 groups: nonhostile patients (no episodes of violent behavior during hospitalization), hostile patients (verbal aggression or violent acts against objects), and violent patients (authors of physical assault). Ten percent (N = 129) of patients showed hostile behavior during hospitalization and 3% (N = 37) physically assaulted other patients or staff members. Variables associated with violent behavior were: male gender,

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)772-782
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Nervous and Mental Disease
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2009


  • Aggression
  • Inpatient care
  • Violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Medicine(all)


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