Victimization of patients with severe psychiatric disorders: prevalence, risk factors, protective factors and consequences for mental health. A longitudinal study
1 Arkin Institute for Mental Health, PO Box 75848, 1070 AV Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2 Professor of Clinical Psychology, Free University of Amsterdam, Room 2B-73, Van der Boechorststraat 1, 1081 CD Amsterdam, The Netherlands
3 GGZ in Geest: Mental Health Care, Overschiestraat 57, 1062 HN Amsterdam, The Netherlands
BMC Public Health 2010, 10:687 doi:10.1186/1471-2458-10-687Published: 10 November 2010
Victimization among people with a Severe Mental Illness is a common phenomenon. The objectives of this study proposal are: to delineate the extent and kind of victimization in a representative sample of chronic psychiatric patients; to contribute to the development and validation of a set of instruments registering victimization of psychiatric patients; to determine risk factors and protective factors; and to gain insight into the possible consequences of victimization.
An extensive data set of 323 patients with Sever Mental Illness (assessed 4 years ago) is used. In 2010 a second measurement will be performed, enabling longitudinal research on the predictors and consequences of victimization.
The consequences of (re)victimization have barely been subjected to analysis, partially due to the lack of a comprehensive, conceptual model for victimization. This research project will contribute significantly to the scientific development of the conceptual model of victimization in chronic psychiatric patients.