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Is Workplace Harassment Hazardous to Your Health?

Abstract

We examined cross-sectional and lagged effects of sexual harassment (SH) and generalized workplace harassment (GWH) on incidence of self-reported illness, injury, or assault in a sample of over 1,500 university employees. SH and GWH, but not other job stressors, were related to increased odds of illness, injury, or assault. This was true when SH, GWH, and illness, injury, or assault were measured at the same time point, as well as when SH and GWH were measured in year prior to illness, injury, or assault.

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The data presented here are part of an ongoing longitudinal study of workplace harassment conducted at the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Illinois at Chicago. This research was supported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (grants AA09989 and AA13332). Portions of this paper were presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, April 2004, Chicago, Illinois. The data were collected by the Survey Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Rospenda, K.M., Richman, J.A., Ehmke, J.L.Z. et al. Is Workplace Harassment Hazardous to Your Health?. J Bus Psychol 20, 95–110 (2005). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10869-005-6992-y

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Keywords

  • workplace harassment
  • occupational stress
  • health
  • safety