Mathias Lasgaard

Violence at Work Predicts Health-Related Absence from the Labor Market. A Follow-up Study

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Background and Aims: Exposure to workplace violence is one of the most serious threats to employee safety. Even so, only few longitudinal studies have investigated whether workplace violence increases the risk of health-related absence from work. The aim of the present study was to examine whether physical violence at work increases the risk of health-related absence from work and is associated with a greater risk of health-related absence from work in certain subgroups defined by gender, age, and educational level. Method: The study draws on data from a health and morbidity survey from 2006 merged with register data for the period from 2006 to 2015 (n = 14,250). Logistic regression models were used to examine violence at work as a predictor of health-related absence from work. Results: Workplace violence predicted health-related absence from work several years after the assault. In the 10-year follow-up period, individuals who had been exposed to workplace violence had 1.67 times higher odds of health-related absence than non-exposed individuals. Interaction analysis showed that exposed women, persons above 40 years of age, and individuals with a higher educational level had higher odds of health-related absence from work than their non-exposed counterparts. Discussion and Conclusion: Employers and workers’ organizations should take action to support and help victims of workplace violence so that they may avoid future absence from the labor market. Victims of workplace violence are not affected by the violent incident only in the year following the physical assault; they remain affected up to 8 years after.
Original languageEnglish
Publication year2017
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventThe 15th European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Conference - Syddansk Universitet, Odense, Denmark
Duration: 2 Jun 20174 Jun 2017
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ConferenceThe 15th European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Conference
LocationSyddansk Universitet
CountryDenmark
CityOdense
Period02/06/201704/06/2017
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