Abusive Events at Work Among Young Working Adults: Magnitude of the Problem and its Effect on Self-Rated Health

Posted: 17 Aug 2010

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Marjan Vaez

Karolinska Institutet - Department of Public Health Sciences

Kerstin Ekberg

Linkoping University

Lucie Laflamme

Karolinska Institutet - Department of Public Health Sciences

Date Written: September 15, 2004

Abstract

The study examines the incidence of abusive events at work and compares the self-rated health (SRH) assessments of young workers according to whether they have been victims or not. Subjects and materials were extracted from a data set covering the environmental and health conditions of the population of the Östergötland region in Sweden. The focus was on people in paid employment aged 20-34 years. It appears that threats or acts of violence are more common than are bullying or sexual harassment among young working people, in particular among women. Further, when working conditions are relatively precarious, both men and women are comparably exposed to threat and violence but when conditions are more stable, women are proportionally more exposed than men. Furthermore, the study shows that, although less common than threat and violence are, exposure to bullying is associated with several SRH disorders among both men and women in employment.

JEL Classification: J28, J29

Suggested Citation

Vaez, Marjan and Ekberg, Kerstin and Laflamme, Lucie, Abusive Events at Work Among Young Working Adults: Magnitude of the Problem and its Effect on Self-Rated Health (September 15, 2004). Relations Industrielles/Industrial Relations, Vol. 59, No. 3, 2004, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1660525

Marjan Vaez (Contact Author)

Karolinska Institutet - Department of Public Health Sciences ( email )

Stockholm
Sweden

Kerstin Ekberg

Linkoping University

Överstegatan 30
Linköping
Sweden

Lucie Laflamme

Karolinska Institutet - Department of Public Health Sciences

Stockholm
Sweden

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