Psychiatric Quarterly

, Volume 67, Issue 1, pp 47–50 | Cite as

Violence and the lax milieu?: preliminary data

  • Raymond B. FlanneryJr.
  • M. Annette Hanson
  • Walter E. Penk
  • Georgina J. Flannery


Recently, Rosenbaum noted a rise in the number of patient assaults on staff. He attributed this increase to a lax milieu of impaired structures, boundaries, and leadership. This case study reports on a sharp decline in violence on three lax units in one state mental hospital, when new management fielded initiatives to strengthen the structures and boundaries on these three units. The implications of the findings are discussed.


Public Health Preliminary Data Study Report Sharp Decline Mental Hospital 
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© Human Sciences Press, Inc 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Raymond B. FlanneryJr.
    • 1
  • M. Annette Hanson
  • Walter E. Penk
  • Georgina J. Flannery
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryThe Cambridge HospitalCambridge

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