Measuring the Extent of Impact from Occupational Violence and Bullying on Traumatised Workers

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Title Measuring the Extent of Impact from Occupational Violence and Bullying on Traumatised Workers
Author Mayhew, Claire; McCarthy, Paul; Chappell, Duncan; Quinlan, Michael; Barker, Michelle Carmel; Sheehan, Michael James
Journal Name Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal
Editor John P. Keenan
Year Published 2004
Place of publication USA
Publisher Springer
Abstract Across the industrialised world, there is evidence that both the incidence and the severity of occupational violence and bullying are increasingly being reported over time. While there have been few substantive scientific studies in Australia, all the available evidence shows a similar increasing level of risk. It has long been assumed that those who suffer a physical assault during the course of violent events are more likely to be emotionally traumatised by the experience than are those who are merely threatened or bullied at work. However, there are no substantive data published to date. In this paper the authors aim to elucidate and quantify the extent of emotional injury/stress suffered as a result of different forms of occupational violence, based on empirical data collected during face-to-face interviewing of 800 Australian workers employed in the tertiary education, health and long-haul transport industry sectors. The authors conclude that the impact from more covert forms of occupational violence (such as bullying) can, in many instances, at least equal the emotional trauma following assaults on-the-job.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1023/B:ERRJ.0000038648.08568.46
Volume 16
Issue Number 3
Page from 117
Page to 134
ISSN 0892-7545
Date Accessioned 2004-11-24
Date Available 2010-08-06T07:22:54Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Asia Institute
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject PRE2009-Human Resources Management
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/5453
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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