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Open Access Study protocol

Victimization of patients with severe psychiatric disorders: prevalence, risk factors, protective factors and consequences for mental health. A longitudinal study

Jack JM Dekker12*, Jan Theunissen3, Rien Van1, Jaap Peen1, Pim Duurkoop1 and Martijn Kikkert1

Author Affiliations

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

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BMC Public Health 2010, 10:687  doi:10.1186/1471-2458-10-687

Published: 10 November 2010

Abstract

Background

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.

Methods/Design

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.

Discussion

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.