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Compr Psychiatry. 2013 Jan;54(1):70-3. doi: 10.1016/j.comppsych.2012.06.005. Epub 2012 Jul 11.

Aggressive behavior and employment histories in patients from an internal medicine outpatient clinic.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Wright State University School of Medicine, Dayton, OH, USA.


A number of studies have examined the relationships between aggression and various facets of the work environment. However, to our knowledge, the relationship between self-reported aggressive behaviors and corresponding employment histories has never been previously explored. Using a cross-sectional approach and a self-report survey methodology in a consecutive sample of 325 internal medicine outpatients, we examined lifetime histories of 21 aggressive behaviors and 4 employment variables. In both men and women, a higher number of aggressive behaviors correlated with a greater number of different jobs held, greater likelihood of being paid "under the table," and a greater number of firings. However, only in men was the number of aggressive behaviors related to the percentage of time employed as an adult. According to findings, a history of aggressive behavior appears to be associated with compromised employment viability in adulthood.

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