Racial and Ethnic Differences in Factors Related to Workplace Violence Victimization

Bushra Sabri, Noelle M. St. Vil, Jacquelyn C. Campbell, Sheila Fitzgerald, Joan Kub, Jacqueline Agnew

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Workplace violence (WPV) is a significant public health concern affecting all racial or ethnic groups. This study examined whether different racial/ethnic groups differed in vulnerability to WPV exposure and utilization of resources at the workplace. This cross-sectional research focused on White, Black, and Asian nursing employees (N = 2,033) employed in four health care institutions in a mid-Atlantic U.S. metropolitan area. Whereas childhood physical abuse was significantly related to risk of WPV among workers from all racial/ethnic backgrounds, intimate partner abuse was a significant factor for Asians and Whites. Blacks and Asians were found to be less likely than Whites to be knowledgeable about WPV resources or use resources to address WPV. Services to address past trauma, and education and training opportunities for new workers may reduce risk of WPV and promote resource utilization among minority workers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)180-196
Number of pages17
JournalWestern journal of nursing research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 26 2015


  • nurses
  • racial and ethnic differences
  • workplace violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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