Piloting a ward anger rating scale for older adults with mental health problems

Taylor, John, DuQueno, Lindsey and Novaco, Raymond (2004) Piloting a ward anger rating scale for older adults with mental health problems. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 32 (4). pp. 467-479. ISSN 1352-4658

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S135246580400164X

Abstract

Aggression, including physical assault, is a significant problem in providing services for older people with mental health problems. A range of bio-psycho-social correlates of aggressive behaviour have been explored in this client group, but little attention has been given to the role of anger as an activator of aggression, despite its demonstrated predictive association with aggression in other clinical populations. In this pilot study, a staff-rated anger measure was administered to 27 inpatients in a specialist service for older people with mental health problems. The Anger Index was found to have high internal consistency and inter-rater reliability, and it showed robust concurrent and discriminant validity with comparison measures completed by independent raters. Higher anger scores were associated with organic diagnoses, history of aggression, and hospital assault data. The potential role of anger in the activation of aggression, the utility of anger assessment in the evaluation of risk, and the value of therapeutic approaches for aggression problems in older adult patients are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Health, Community and Education Studies > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2011 09:23
Last Modified: 10 May 2017 14:06
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/2667

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