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Revista Psicologia Organizações e Trabalho

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MARQUES, Diana  e  SILVA, Isabel Soares. Work violence: a study with nurses in portuguese hospitals. Rev. Psicol., Organ. Trab. [online]. 2017, vol.17, n.4, pp. 226-234. ISSN 1984-6657.

The main goal of the present study was to characterize the violence against nurses by patients in Portuguese hospitals, and to contribute to the adaptation of a scale for violence at work in the Portuguese context. Data were collected through a survey available online. A total of 191 nurses (91.6% were women) participated in the study. The results indicated that psychological violence, as compared with vicarious and physical violence, was the most frequent. For example, 56% of professionals reported feeling observed fixedly while working, four or more times during the past year, while 2.1% claimed to have been threatened with a gun with the same frequency and reference period. It was also observed that certain departments (e.g., emergency) were more associated with violent occurrences, in particular physical violence, and that violence was associated with poorer psychological health. The study also includes reference to intervention possibilities in this field.

Palavras-chave : workplace violence; psychological health; hospital nurses.

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