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Physical Assaults Among Education Workers: Findings From a Statewide Study

Tiesman, Hope M. PhD; Hendricks, Scott MS; Konda, Srinivas MPH; Hartley, Dan EdD

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: June 2014 - Volume 56 - Issue 6 - p 621–627
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000147
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Objective: Enumerate and describe physical assaults occurring to Pennsylvania education workers.

Methods: 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.

Results: 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]).

Conclusions: Although education workers experienced few serious physical assaults, the impact of this violence was considerable.

From the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Division of Safety Research, Analysis and Field Evaluations Branch, Morgantown, WVa.

Address correspondence to: Hope M. Tiesman, PhD, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Division of Safety Research, Analysis and Field Evaluations Branch, 1095 Willowdale Rd, M/S 1811, Morgantown, WV 26506 (htiesman@cdc.gov).

This study was funded with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health intramural monies.

The findings and conclusions in this report are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the views of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

The authors have no conflicts of interest to report.

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