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The Aggression and Vulnerablility Scale (AVS) for the measurement of inpatient behaviors: A demonstration of reliability

Gray, N. S., Raybould, S., McKinnon, Aimee and Snowden, Robert Jefferson 2015. The Aggression and Vulnerablility Scale (AVS) for the measurement of inpatient behaviors: A demonstration of reliability. Austin Journal of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences 2 (3) , 1045.

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Abstract

Background: The accurate and consistent recording of problematic incidents for in-patient behaviour is important in monitoring patient’s treatment and needs, and for comparing behaviour across different settings. Methods: The Aggression and Vulnerability Scale (AVS) classifies individual incidents into 10 categories covering aggression (Physical Aggression against Other People, Verbal Aggression, Aggression against Property, Non-Compliant Behaviour) and vulnerabilities (Self-Harm/Suicide Attempt, Self-Neglect, Victimized/Exploited, Sexual Vulnerability, Absconding Behaviour and Accident) and rates severity of the incident. Twenty raters (10 naïve and 10 experienced) rated 28 vignettes drawn from nursing records. Results: The AVS had high reliability for both classification category and severity in both experienced and inexperienced raters. Conclusion: The AVS is a reliable scheme for the coding of problematic behavior in an in-patient setting. The AVS is available free from the authors.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Publisher: Austin Publishing Group
ISSN: 2381-9006
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Date of First Compliant Deposit: 6 May 2016
Date of Acceptance: 21 December 2015
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2019 03:48
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/90628

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