Reducing Restraint and Restrictive Behavior Management Practices

  • Peter Sturmey

Part of the Autism and Child Psychopathology Series book series (ACPS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Foundational Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Peter Sturmey
      Pages 3-30
    3. Peter Sturmey
      Pages 31-45
    4. Peter Sturmey
      Pages 47-66
    5. Peter Sturmey
      Pages 79-92
  3. Interventions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-119
    2. Peter Sturmey
      Pages 141-163
    3. Peter Sturmey
      Pages 165-184
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      Pages 185-196
    5. Peter Sturmey
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    6. Peter Sturmey
      Pages 221-223
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 225-249

About this book


This book presents an evidence-based framework for replacing harmful, restrictive behavior management practices with safe and effective alternatives. The first half summarizes the concept and history of restraint and seclusion in mental health applications used with impaired elders, children with intellectual disabilities, and psychiatric patients. Subsequent chapters provide robust data and make the case for behavior management interventions that are less restrictive without compromising the safety of the patients, staff, or others. This volume presents the necessary steps toward the gradual elimination of restraint-based strategies and advocates for practices based in client rights and ethical values.

Topics featured in this volume include:


  • The epidemiology of restraints in mental health practice.
  • Ethical and legal aspects of restraint and seclusion.
  • Current uses of restraint and seclusion.
  • Applied behavior analysis with general characteristics and interventions.
  • The evidence for organizational interventions.
  • Other approaches to non-restrictive behavior management.

Reducing Restraint and Restrictive Behavior Management Practices is a must-have resource for researchers, clinicians and practitioners, and graduate students in the fields of developmental psychology, behavioral therapy, social work, psychiatry, and geriatrics.


Abuse and restraint-free mental health care Autism and restraint-free mental health care Control and restraint in mental health services Emergency medications in mental health services Injury and restraint-free mental health care Intellectual disability and mental health services Neglect and mental health services PRN medication and mental health services Restraint use in mental health services Restraint-free mental health care for seniors Seclusion and mental health services Time out in mental health care

Authors and affiliations

  • Peter Sturmey
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyQueens College City University of New YorkFlushingUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-17568-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-17569-0
  • Series Print ISSN 2192-922X
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-9238
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