Hitting the spot
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Hitting the spot

Karen McKenzie Chartered clinical psychologist, Edenhall Hospital, Musselburgh
Eleanor Chalmers Trainee clinical psychologist, Edenhall Hospital, Musselburgh
Donna Paxton Trainee clinical psychologist, Edenhall Hospital, Musselburgh
George C Murray Chartered clinical psychologist, Galashiels

The impact of staff awareness of the assault cycle on staff working in learning disability services is examined by Karen McKenzie, Eleanor Chalmers, Donna Paxton and George Murray

The level of aggression confronting staff in learning disability services is a major concern (Rees and Lehane 1996). Members of staff face a greater risk of encountering aggressive behaviour compared to their counterparts in other fields (Emerson and Hatton 2003, McKenzie 1999). Both aggression and assault are common forms of challenging behaviour which are increasingly likely to be encountered in community settings (Qureshi and Alborz 1992).

Learning Disability Practice. 6, 3, 15-19. doi: 10.7748/ldp2003.04.6.3.15.c1517

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