Violence as psychosocial risk in the work of psychiatric nurses and management strategies

  • Maria Carolina Santos Scozzafave
  • Silvia Helena Henriques Camelo
  • Mirelle Inácio Soares
  • Fernanda Ludmilla Rossi Rocha
  • Cheila Cristina Leonardo de Oliveira Gaioli
  • Laura Andrian Leal


Objective: To analyze the presence of violence as psychosocial risk from the perception of nurses in a psychiatric hospital, as well as the management strategies implemented to address this risk.

Methods: Qualitative study with 25 nurses working in a psychiatric hospital. Data collection was carried out from November 2014 to January 2015 through semi-structured interviews. The data were analyzed and organized into thematic categories following three stages: pre-analysis, exploration of the material and treatment of the results obtained. Participants were identified by the letter "E" and received sequential Arabic numeral numbers, thus guaranteeing the anonymity of the speeches. Thus, they were referenced from E1 to E25. The study was approved by the Research Ethics Committee of the University of São Paulo at Ribeirão Preto College of Nursing, Brazil.

Results: Violence exists in the everyday routine of psychiatric nurses, with the presence of scratches, pinches, kicks, pushes, squeezes against the wall, biting, aggression with the use of objects, among others, and the management strategies consist in appeals to the family, the cinema, music, reading, exercise, therapy, religion.

Conclusion: It is important that preventive measures be adopted aimed at promoting safety in the workplace. The discussion on actions to improve the training and practices of nurses working in the mental health area are also important.

Keywords: Violence; psychotherapy; emotion; occupational psychiatry; others psychosocial techniques/treatments

Feb 10, 2017
How to Cite
SANTOS SCOZZAFAVE, Maria Carolina et al. Violence as psychosocial risk in the work of psychiatric nurses and management strategies. International Archives of Medicine, [S.l.], v. 10, feb. 2017. ISSN 1755-7682. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 23 may 2017. doi:
Psychiatry & Mental Health