Measuring the extent of impact from occupational violence and bullying on traumatised workers.

Mayhew, Claire and McCarthy, Paul and Chappell, Duncan and Quinlan, Michael and Barker, Michelle and Sheehan, Michael (2004) Measuring the extent of impact from occupational violence and bullying on traumatised workers. Employee Responsibilities & Rights Journal, 16 (3). pp. 117-134. ISSN 0892-7545

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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 he 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 coven forms of occupational violence (such as bullying) can, in many instances, at least equal the emotional trauma following assaults on-the-job.

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Research Areas:Business School > Business & Management
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