Paediatric mental health nurses' perceptions of aggression in five to ten year old children




Faulkner-Gibson, Lorelei

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Pediatric mental health nurses, working in an agency in the midst of introducing Trauma Informed Care, were interviewed to examine the factors influencing perceptions of aggression. Relational Inquiry (Hartrick Doane & Varcoe, 2005; 2007) framed the research and Kvale’s (1996) Interpretive Methodology informed the interview and analysis. The complexity of relationships impacted the participants’ perceptions. Two constructs interwoven throughout the findings: time to develop relationships and knowledge about the individuals with whom the relationships were to be formed. Five themes were identified however the Participant-Colleague relationship was critical to perceptions of aggression. The Participant-Child relationship and the functioning of the system of care were important. The participants recognized reflexivity as critical to the understanding of their perceptions. The participant’s created a common understanding of aggression. Recommendations include: 1) clinical supervision to explore issues of moral distress and burnout 2) create capacity for nursing research 3) expand research exploring ‘safety’, ‘support’ and observational studies.



Aggression, paediatric, Mental Health, nurses, perceptions, Clinical supervision, qualitative research, pediatric