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Friday, February 1, 2013

Clinical Psychologists’ Firearm Risk Management Perceptions and Practices

Andrea Traylor, James H. Price, Susan K. Telljohann, Keith King, and Amy Thompson

J Community Health. 2010 February; 35(1): 60–67.
Published online 2010 January 22.
doi:  10.1007/s10900-009-9200-6


The purpose of this study was to investigate the current perceptions and practices of discussing firearm risk management with patients diagnosed with selected mental health problems. A three-wave survey was mailed to a national random sample of clinical psychologists and 339 responded (62%). The majority (78.5%) believed firearm safety issues were greater among those with mental health problems. However, the majority of clinical psychologists did not have a routine system for identifying patients with access to firearms (78.2%). Additionally, the majority (78.8%) reported they did not routinely chart or keep a record of whether patients owned or had access to firearms. About one-half (51.6%) of the clinical psychologists reported they would initiate firearm safety counseling if the patients were assessed as at risk for self-harm or harm to others. Almost half (46%) of clinical psychologists reported not receiving any information on firearm safety issues. Thus, the findings of this study suggest that a more formal role regarding anticipatory guidance on firearms is needed in the professional training of clinical psychologists.

The entire article is here.

Thanks to Dan Warner for this article.

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