Implementing Non-violent Resistance, a Method to Cope with Aggression in Child and Adolescent Residential Care: Exploration of Staff Members Experiences – 2018

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.

Kirsten van Gink, Katharina Visser, Arne Popma, Robert R.J.M. Vermeiren, Liekevan Domburgh, Bervan der Stegen, Lucres M.C. Jansen
Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, Volume 32, Issue 3, June 2018