Ensuring safe passage: identifying the threat of workplace violence against tertiary students

Gair, Susan, and Thomas, Yvonne (2008) Ensuring safe passage: identifying the threat of workplace violence against tertiary students. Journal of Occupational Health and Safety, 24 (1). pp. 43-51.

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According to Australian and international literature, alarming levels of bullying and violence exist in many industrial sectors (including emergency services, child protection services, health services, mental health services, and social and community services), and tertiary students who are undertaking compulsory field placement in such sectors are exposed to this behaviour. The present article describes a small Queensland study which explored the impact of bullying, harassment and workplace violence on students from a regional university while on their field placement. A survey questionnaire was given to fourth-year social work and occupational therapy students who had undertaken one substantial field placement. The findings suggest that approximately 20% of respondents experienced bullying and harassment while on placement, and these experiences had a negative impact on their learning. Recommendations include proactively sensitising students to the broad range of abusive situations that they may face while on placement through a greater use of targeted educational resources and instruction.

Item ID: 6645
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0815-6409
Keywords: tertiary students; bullying; occupational therapy; workplace violence; social work
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Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2010 01:52
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160702 Counselling, Welfare and Community Services @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940199 Community Service (excl. Work) not elsewhere classified @ 40%
94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9405 Work and Institutional Development > 940501 Employment Patterns and Change @ 30%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 30%
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