Implementing Non-violent Resistance, a Method to Cope with Aggression in Child and Adolescent Residential Care: Exploration of Staff Members Experiences: Exploration of Staff Members Experiences

Kirsten van Gink, Katharina Visser, Arne Popma, Robert R. J. M. Vermeiren, Lieke van Domburgh, Ber van der Stegen, Lucres M. C. Jansen

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Staff members in residential care for youth are frequently confronted with aggressive behaviour, which has adverse effects on their stress levels and work satisfaction. This paper describes a qualitative evaluation to find out how staff members benefit from Non-violent Resistance (NVR), a method to create an aggression mitigating residential climate. Staff members were positive about NVR and reported feeling more relaxed. Most valued aspects of this method were the focus on being a team, delayed response and giving up the illusion of control. However, training and the intention to use NVR isn't enough, high quality implementation and maintenance are crucial.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)353-359
Number of pages7
JournalArchives of Psychiatric Nursing
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2018


  • Child and adolescent
  • Coping with aggressive behaviour
  • Psychiatric-nursing
  • Residential care
  • Violence

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