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Racial and ethnic differences in factors related to workplace violence victimization

TitleRacial and ethnic differences in factors related to workplace violence victimization
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsSabri, B, St Vil, NM, Campbell, JC, Fitzgerald, S, Kub, J, Agnew, J
JournalWest J Nurs Res
Volume37
Pagination180-96
Date PublishedFeb
ISBN Number1552-8456 (Electronic)0193-9459 (Linking)
Accession Number24658287
KeywordsNurses, racial and ethnic differences, workplace violence
Abstract

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.

PMCID

PMC4169764