Physical Assaults Among Education Workers
Published Date:Jun 2014
Source:J Occup Environ Med. 56(6):621-627.
Pubmed Central ID:PMC4570474
Enumerate and describe physical assaults occurring to Pennsylvania education workers.
A cross-sectional survey was mailed to a random sample of 6450 workers, stratified on gender, occupation, and region. Logistic regression was used to examine risk factors for physical assault.
During the 2009–2010 school year, 309 of 2514 workers were assaulted 597 times. Special education teachers, urban workers, and those in their first 3 years of employment were at an increased risk. Most assaults did not lead to medical care or time away from work; however, those assaulted were significantly more likely to find work stressful, have low job satisfaction, and consider leaving the education field (adjusted odds ratio [AOR] = 2.5 [95% CI = 1.5 to 4.1]; AOR = 2.4 [95% CI = 1.5 to 3.9]; AOR = 10.7 [95% CI = 4.1 to 28.1]).
Although education workers experienced few serious physical assaults, the impact of this violence was considerable.
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