PROBLEM: Little is known about the acceptance and effectiveness of aromatherapy as a complementary support for agitated and aggressive adolescents.
METHODS: Chi-square test was applied to satisfaction surveys, administration records of p.r.n. medication, aromatherapy, and seclusion/ restraint data.
FINDINGS: Seventy-seven percent of the population accepted and used aromatherapy for crisis management. A trend indicates this population uses less p.r.n. medication for crisis management.
CONCLUSIONS: This adolescent population was receptive to using less invasive tools for crisis management. A longitudinal study is needed to determine the long-term efficacy of this treatment modality.