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Non -fatal workplace violence: An epidemiological report and empirical exploration of risk factors

David O'Neil Washington, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


While a fair amount of research has explored the epidemiology of homicides resulting from workplace violence, a disproportionately low amount of empirical research has addressed non-fatal incidents. Utilizing theoretical guidelines for risk assessment research developed by Monahan and Steadman (1994), this dissertation investigates non-fatal workplace violence from a cue-criterion perspective in order to develop practically-applicable information for those responsible for providing threat assessments in the workplace (i.e., mental health professionals, employment assistance programs). The investigation of a police department's criminal records of workplace violence incidents over an eighteen month period promoted a proactive and reactive cluster model for assessing risk factors associated with varying levels of violence intensity. As a result, the findings provide three major streams of information. First, it presents epidemiological information concerning non-fatal workplace violence. Second, it addresses the different types of workplace violence and differences across those types. Lastly, it provides multivariate analyses of risk factors associated with higher and lower intensity violence before discussing a few pragmatic applications of the dissertation's findings. ^

Subject Area

Psychology, Clinical|Sociology, Criminology and Penology|Sociology, Industrial and Labor Relations

Recommended Citation

Washington, David O'Neil, "Non -fatal workplace violence: An epidemiological report and empirical exploration of risk factors" (2001). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI3009741.