Workplace violence: Prevalence and risk factors in the safe at work study

Jacquelyn C. Campbell, Jill Theresa Messing, Joan Kub, Jacqueline Agnew, Sheila Fitzgerald, Barbara Fowler, Daniel Sheridan, Cathleen Lindauer, Jo Deaton, Richelle Bolyard

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Objective: Nurses face one of the highest rates of reported workplace violence (WPV). This research examined the prevalence of WPV and demographic, work-related, and adult and childhood abuse histories as risk factors for WPV among 2166 nurses/nursing personnel across four health care institutions in one US metropolitan area. Methods: Using data from an online cross-sectional survey, multivariate logistic regression was utilized to determine risk factors for physical and psychological WPV. Results: Almost one-third (30%) of nurses/nursing personnel experienced WPV (19.4% physical, 19.9% psychological). Risk factors included being a nurse, white, male, working in the emergency department, older age, longer employment, childhood abuse, and intimate partner violence. Conclusions:: Adult and childhood abuse histories have not been considered in previous large-scale investigations, but were significant risk factors along with other previously identified risk factors for WPV.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)82-89
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of occupational and environmental medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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