Occupational violence among female workers in an Iranian industrial area

Saberi, H.R. and Motalebi Kashani, M. and Dehdashti, A. (2019) Occupational violence among female workers in an Iranian industrial area. Women and Health.

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Few studies have examined violence against female workers in the industrial sector. This study explored the prevalence of various types of violence and associated factors among female workers in the industrial sector. This descriptive survey was conducted in eleven industrial sites in Kashan, Iran, from April through September 2014. We used a 78-item questionnaire to obtain data from 817 female workers. More than half of the participants reported having experienced at least one type of violence. The prevalence rates of verbal aggression, sexual harassment, and physical violence were 52.5, 12 and 11.5, respectively. Single female workers (adjusted odds ratio AOR = 2.06, 95% CI = 1.09�4.27), and age older than 35 years were (AOR = 2.37, 95% CI = 1.26�2.93) each significantly related to increased odds of verbal violence. Short duration of employment (� five years) was the most strongly associated factor for sexual harassment (AOR = 2.82, 95% CI = 1.7�2.94). Working the night shift was significantly associated with encountering verbal violence (AOR = 2.79, 95% CI = 1.69�3.06). The high prevalence of violence suggests that management in industrial workplaces should invest time and resources in addressing violence. Developing a reporting procedure and training programs are recommended in dealing with workplace violence risk. © 2019, © 2019 Taylor & Francis.

Item Type: Article
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Uncontrolled Keywords: adult; article; employment; female; female worker; human; human experiment; industrial area; Iran; night shift; physical violence; prevalence; questionnaire; sexual harassment; training; verbal hostility; work environment; workplace violence
Subjects: Health Professions
Divisions: Faculty of Health > Department of Occupational Health
Depositing User: ART . editor
Date Deposited: 07 May 2019 11:20
Last Modified: 07 May 2019 11:20
URI: http://eprints.kaums.ac.ir/id/eprint/3746

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