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Scand J Psychol. 2011 Feb;52(1):49-56. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9450.2010.00840.x. Epub 2010 Nov 4.

Are immigrants in the nursing industry at increased risk of bullying at work? A one-year follow-up study.

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  • 1Department of Psychology, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark. annie.hogh@psy.ku.dk

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to explore whether (a) immigrant health care workers (HCW) are more at risk of bullying at work than Danish staff members, (b) this association is increased by previous exposure to bullying and (c) immigrants experience more bullying from supervisors, colleagues and clients/residents. We analyzed cross-sectional baseline data from 5,635 health care students of whom 10.4% were immigrants, and conducted a prospective analysis by following 3,109 of these respondents during their first year of employment. More than a third of the respondents had previous experiences with bullying. The baseline analyses showed that immigrants are more at risk of being bullied during both their theoretical education and trainee periods than their Danish co-students. At follow-up we found that 9.1% of the total cohort had been exposed to bullying at work during their first year of employment, hereof 1.8% frequently. "Non-Western" immigrants had a significantly higher risk of exposure to bullying at work during follow-up than the Danish respondents independent of previous experience with bullying. Danish and immigrant health care workers were more exposed to bullying from co-workers than from supervisors with no statistically significant difference between the Danes and the immigrant groups. Both "Western" and "non-Western" respondents were more at risk of bullying from clients/residents than the Danish respondents.

© 2010 The Authors. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology © 2010 The Scandinavian Psychological Associations.

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