DNP Scholarly Projects


Child and Adolescent psychiatry is an increasingly frequented area of research. The project leader believes violence in an inpatient psychiatry setting is an underrepresented topic of research and discussion. Close quarters among patients of varying diagnoses and backgrounds, coupled with varying culture and attitudes of staff make for a teetering point—a fine line—between therapeutic interaction and safety concerns. Particularly, in the case of patients under 18, one hopes to establish an environment of nurturing, as opposed to a police state. With the fact established that children and their parents should always come first, many of the staff are often exposed to dangerous situations. Intrusive interventions such as restraints and seclusions are employed during dangerous situations to maintain safety. With more intrusive measures being utilized it is important to identify potential predictors that can give inpatient staff insight into individuals who may be more likely to experience an event. The objective of this scholarly project was to identify if predictors, specifically age and diagnosis, influenced the duration and frequency of restraint and seclusion events on the child and adolescent unit. Age and diagnosis were chosen as the variables of interest due to the large variability within this population.



First Advisor

Linda Wofford

Scholarly Project Team Member

Leslie Folds

Scholarly Project Team Member

Jennifer Barut


Nursing, School of


Health Sciences & Nursing, Gordon E. Inman College of

Document Type

Scholarly Project


Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Degree Level


Degree Grantor

Belmont University


Child psychology