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Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine:
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3181990c17
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Race, Racial Discrimination, and the Risk of Work-Related Illness, Injury, or Assault: Findings From a National Study

Shannon, Candice A. MA; Rospenda, Kathleen M. PhD; Richman, Judith A. PhD; Minich, Lisa M. MA

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Abstract

Objective: This study examines whether workplace racial harassment or discrimination mediates the relationship between race or ethnicity and work-related illness, injury, or assault across time.

Methods: A national random digit dial phone survey was conducted at two points in time (W1: 2003-2004; W2: 2004-2005) among a sample of Black, Hispanic and non-Hispanic white workers. As part of the survey, respondents indicated their experiences with racial harassment or discrimination, and occupational illness, injury, or assault in the past 12 months.

Results: Hispanic respondents were more likely than whites to experience work-related illness, injury or assault, and these associations were mediated by experiences of racial harassment or discrimination.

Conclusions: Interventions to reduce workplace harassment and discrimination may help decrease risk for work-related illness, injury, or assault among Hispanic workers.

©2009The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

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