Anger and assaultiveness of male forensic patients with developmental disabilities : links to volatile parents

Novaco, Raymond and Taylor, John (2008) Anger and assaultiveness of male forensic patients with developmental disabilities : links to volatile parents. Aggressive Behavior, 34 (4). pp. 380-393. ISSN 0096-140X

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Abstract

This study with 107 male forensic patients with developmental disabilities investigated whether exposure to parental anger and aggression was related to anger and assaultiveness in a hospital, controlling for background variables. Patient anger and aggression were assessed by self-report, staff-ratings, and archival records. Exposure to parental anger/aggression, assessed by a clinical interview, was significantly related to patient self-reported anger, staff-rated anger and aggression, and physical assaults in hospital, controlling for age, intelligence quotient, length of hospital stay, violent offense history, and childhood physical abuse. Results are consonant with previous findings concerning detrimental effects of witnessing parental violence and with the theory on acquisition of cognitive scripts for aggression. Implications for clinical assessment and cognitive restructuring in anger treatment are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: parental violence, hospital patients
Subjects: A900 Others in Medicine and Dentistry
B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
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: 17 Sep 2009 10:57
Last Modified: 09 May 2017 22:09
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/3689

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