Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Nursing (M.S.N.)

Degree Program

College of Nursing

First Advisor

Patricia Underwood

Second Advisor

Kay Setter Kline

Third Advisor

Theresa Bacon-Baguley


The purpose of this descriptive study was to conduct a secondary analysis of the data set obtained from the Trauma and Emergency Center Violence Project (Dorsey, 1994). It was noted during the original 6 month study of 33,098 emergency department visits that some patients threatened or carried out real violence on multiple visits.; This study (a) identified the percentage of incidents in the initial sample that were perpetrated by repeat offenders, (b) described the types of violent behaviors, (c) explored the relationship between current substance and psychiatric history and the number of threatened or real violence incidents.; A descriptive research design with a non-probability convenience sample was used. The sample consisted of 32 repeat offenders. The behaviors of the repeat offenders were summarized using frequency counts and percentages. The Cramer's V was the statistic used to describe the significant and moderate correlation between psychiatric history and repeat violence. No correlation between substance abuse and repeat violence was identified.


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