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Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

William McBreen


psychiatric hospital patient restraints, psychiatric nurse attitudes


Physical restraints are often utilized as an intervention in the treatment of psychiatric patients. Viable alternatives exist to address patient behavior that is disruptive or presents a threat to the safety of the patient or others in the milieu. Restraint is the intervention most often chosen to control that behavior. The purpose of this descriptive correlational study was to explore the association between a nurse's perception of patient behavior and the decision to utilize physical restraint in the psychiatric setting. Data was obtained from acute care hospitals with mental health/behavioral health units as well as free standing psychiatric hospitals within a 250 mile radius of the principal investigator. Data were entered into the computer and statistical analysis of the data was accomplished utilizing the SPSSX Data Analysis Package. The Pearson correlation coefficient and Log-linear analysis were the procedures utilized for data analysis.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Psychiatric hospital patients -- Restraint
Psychiatric nurses -- Attitudes



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