Threats against clinicians: a preliminary descriptive classification.
G. P. Brown, W. R. Dubin, J. R. Lion and L. J. Garry,
Bull. Amer. Acad. Psychiatry & the Law
24(3): 367-76, 1996.
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