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J Community Health. 2010 Feb;35(1):60-7. doi: 10.1007/s10900-009-9200-6.

Clinical psychologists' firearm risk management perceptions and practices.

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Family Studies & Social Work, Miami University, Oxford, OH 45056, USA. kinnisar@muohio.edu

Abstract

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.

PMID:
20094905
PMCID:
PMC2816245
DOI:
10.1007/s10900-009-9200-6
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