Self-harm on a closed psychiatric ward

Self-harm on a closed psychiatric ward

Poster presentation38Nienke Kool, Fivoor, the Netherlands

Jurriaanse FoyerFri 11:00 - 12:00

Aim: In this study, we aim to gain insights in the self-harming behavior and in the relation with other aggressive behavior of patients admitted to a closed ward in a psychiatric hospital.Method: Data were gathered between September 2019 and January 2021. The Self-Harm Scale and Social Dysfunction and Agression Scale were used to gather the data. Descriptive analysis, Chi-square tests and Mann-Whitney test were used for the analysis of the data.Findings: Twenty of 27 patients examined (74%) showed 470 incidents of self-harming behavior. Head banging (40.9%) occurred most, while tension/stress as triggering factor was mentioned most (19.1). No significant difference was found in the degree of aggressive behavior towards others or objects between the group of patients harming themselves and the group that didn't.Conclusion: This study delivers insights in self-harming behavior of patients admitted to closed psychiatric departments that can be used for prevention and treatment.

Aggression, Closed ward, Self-harm
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