Threats against clinicians: a preliminary descriptive classification

Bull Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 1996;24(3):367-76.


Threats against psychiatrists are common, but existing studies on the subject lack descriptive information about the nature and resolution of the threat. In the present study, clinicians who had received threats were interviewed in person or by telephone, and case histories were summarized. Threats were classified as situational and transferential. Demographic factors, precipitating events, and legal actions taken are described. The manner in which clinicians reacted to threats is also discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Decision Making
  • Female
  • Forensic Psychiatry*
  • Humans
  • Life Change Events
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders / psychology
  • Occupational Health*
  • Physician-Patient Relations*
  • Transference, Psychology
  • United States
  • Violence* / prevention & control
  • Violence* / psychology