Experienced safety across ward types in forensic psychiatry

Authors Nienke Verstegen, Vivienne de Vogel, Nienke Peters-Scheffer, Robert Didden, Henk Nijman
Published in Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology
Publication date 2021
Research groups Working with Mandated Clients
Type Article


"In high security forensic institutions, patients are sometimes placed on smallscale wards to be treated individually if their psychiatric condition and behaviour do not allow for them to live and interact more freely with other patients. On these so-called individual wards, there is little contact between patients and more security measures are in place, such as higher numbers of staff members per patient than on group wards. The present study investigated the experienced safety of staff members (n = 41) and patients (n = 21) of such individual wards, compared to staff members (n = 55) and patients (n = 55) of group wards with the Essen-CES. The mean item score on the scale experienced safety of the Essen-CES for the entire sample was 2.1 (SD = .9) with a range from 0 to 4 and higher scores reflecting a higher experienced safety. Staff on individual wards had a significantly lower experienced safety than patients on both ward types and staff on group wards. It is advised, therefore, to implement additional measures to support professionals who work on these individual wards. "

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Language English
Published in Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology
Key words Safety, staff, patients, inpatient violence, social climate
Page range 1-7