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Original Article
Conditions of Workplace Violence Experience among Workers in the Distribution Industry
Souk Young Kim, Soon-Nyung Yun
Journal of Korean Academy of Community Health Nursing 2012;23(2):212-221.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.12799/jkachn.2012.23.2.212
Published online: June 30, 2012

1Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, Eulji University, Daejeon, Korea.

2Professor, College of Nursing, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea.

• Received: February 11, 2012   • Accepted: June 25, 2012

Copyright © 2012 Korean Academy of Community Health Nursing

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  • Purpose
    The purpose of this study is to explore violence experienced by workers in the distribution industry.
  • Methods
    The research subjects were 236 workers from 2 department stores and 1 large scale discount store located in Daejeon City, Korea. The collected data were analyzed through descriptive statistics, χ2-test, and logistic regression analysis.
  • Results
    72.9% of the research subjects experienced verbal violence, and 9.3% of the respondents experienced physical violence during last year. 17.8% of the respondents reported that they had experience of sexual harassment at their workplaces. The variables which affected verbal violence included working departments and stress level, whereas the variable that affected physical violence was educational level of workers. The variables that affected experience of sexual harassment turned out to be gender as well as the duration of work at the current workplaces.
  • Conclusion
    The findings from this research revealed that many of the workers engaged in the distribution industry were exposed to workplace violence. For the reduction of risk of workplace violence for these workers, it is required to develop and execute programs including violence related policies and education about workplace violence.
Table 1
General Characteristics of Research Subjects (N=236)
Table 2
Measures and Cause Analysis related with Workplace Violence (N=236)
Table 3
Violence Experience Status by Violence Type and Perpetrator (N=236)
Table 4
Experience Rate of Violence per Violence Type by General Characteristics of Research Subjects (N=236)

Exp.=experienced; MHC=miscellaneous · home appliances · children's.

Table 5
Factors Affecting Workplace Violence Experience by Violence Type (N=236)

OR=odds ratio; CI=confidence interval; MHC=miscellaneous goods · home appliances · children's.

This work was supported by BumSuk Academic Research Fund of 2009.

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