Feasibility of a violence risk screening in adolescent psychiatric inpatient care, a pilot study

Feasibility of a violence risk screening in adolescent psychiatric inpatient care, a pilot study

Paper presentation174Carina Chudiakow Gustavsen, Oslo University Hospital, Norway

Schadee ZaalFri 16:00 - 17:30

To our knowledge there are no validated instruments for violence risk screening among adolescents. Therefore, a new screening instrument, Violence Risk Screening for Youth (VRISK-Y) was developed for emergency settings to help assess the risk for violence among adolescents aged 12-18 years. The present study aimed to investigate the feasibility of the VRISK-Y in a Norwegian adolescent emergency psychiatric Inpatient Unit. The study had a naturalistic prospective design. For a year all admitted adolescents was scored with V-RISK-Y at admission, and compared with recorded episodes of threats or violence during hospitalization. The healthcare professionals (N= 16 ) filled out an evaluation form regarding the instrument. Fifteen out of sixteen healthcare professionals found the instruments utility either good or very good. They found it difficult to score each items relevancy to the violence risk. The results provides a basis for further testing of a revised version.

Adolescents, Feasibility, Risk assessment, Violence
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