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Should Restraints be Used in Adolescent Psychiatric Inpatient Treatment?
When adolescent patients have some violent behaviors, use of restraint is necessary and prevention of further harm to themselves or others is in their best interests.
Some are not aware or in control of what is happening while they are having an episode, and thus find themselves unable to stop. Thus they are happy when others stop them.
Adolescents are less likely to fully understand why restraints are necessary which can cause additional duress and potentially escalate violent behaviours.