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emergency intervention

immediate action undertaken to minimize or eliminate the harm caused by a sudden and (usually) unforeseen occurrence. For example, emergency intervention for a rape victim may involve conducting a clinical interview within 24 to 78 hours after the rape in order to evaluate the person’s status, reduce his or her potential for experiencing adverse mental health consequences, and develop a plan for long-term recovery. Although many people use this term interchangeably with crisis intervention, others limit it to situations involving suicidal behavior, violent behavior, or interpersonal victimization.

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February 26th 2024

confirmatory research

confirmatory research

research conducted with the aim of testing one or more preexisting hypotheses. Compare exploratory research.