Characteristics and predictability of violence in children in a state psychiatric hospital

Edouard Andre Joseph Carignan (2000)

This study helped identify demographic and diagnostic variables related to the inpatient admission of children to a Northeastern U.S. acute psychiatric facility in a one-year period. It investigated the predictive potential of the Mini-Mental State Exam (MSE) on the frequency and severity of aggressive acts by children hospitalized in this State-run hospital. The study also describes the procedures prescribed by law in referring children for admission. One set of variables studied is the factors that characterize the children who are admitted as inpatients, including demographics such as age, gender, and race. Another set of variables includes scores on the Mini-mental State Exam (MSE) and the frequency and severity of aggressive acts. As applied research, this study investigated the value of the MSE in predicting aggressiveness among children admitted within a 12-month period. Nonsignificant correlations were found between the patients' MSE scores and either the length of time between admission and first violent act or whether or not such patients would be violent at all.