Considerable research has demonstrated that workplace rudeness can have a variety of negative consequences. However, although research has examined the impact of patient aggression, no research has examined patient or client rudeness towards those who work in mental health roles. The present study investigated the nature of client rudeness, how mental health workers respond and the coping strategies used. Eighteen participants from a range of mental health roles and experience levels participated in semi-structured interviews based on their experience of client rudeness. Thematic analysis revealed that participants experienced a variety of client behaviours they classified as rude, the majority of which were verbal. Reasons for rudeness included the client’s personal history, mood, and mental health, and as such rudeness was conceptualised as simply a part of the job. Client rudeness was found to have both negative and positive outcomes on a range of areas including work and client relationships. Participants identified supervisors and colleagues as key sources of support for coping with rudeness. These findings suggest that rudeness is “part and parcel” of a mental health practitioner’s role. Supervisor support and further training are recommended to help practitioners deal with rudeness in practice.
- PATIENT AGGRESSION
- WORKPLACE INCIVILITY