Abuse and violence during home care work as predictor of worker depression.
Geiger-Brown-J; Muntaner-C; McPhaul-K; Lipscomb-J; Trinkoff-A
Home Health Care Serv Q 2007 Jan; 26(1):59-77
Objectives. Home care workers provide care without the normal protections afforded in the hospital. This study describes the prevalence of abuse and violence experienced by home care workers and its relationship to workers' depression. Methods. A two-wave telephone survey (N = 1,643) was conducted to assess the prevalence of abuse and prevalence/incidence of workers' depression. Results. Abuse was significant for elevated odds for depression, with a dose effect. Violence was highly associated with depression. Conclusions. Preventive and early intervention measures should be taken to reduce mental health consequences of abuse and violence among home care workers.
Emotional-stress; Health-care; Health-care-personnel; Health-services; Job-analysis; Job-stress; Medical-personnel; Medical-services; Musculoskeletal-system; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Psychological-effects; Psychological-reactions; Psychological-stress; Qualitative-analysis; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Statistical-analysis; Work-analysis; Work-environment; Worker-health; Work-operations; Work-organization; Work-performance; Workplace-monitoring; Workplace-studies; Work-practices; Work-analysis;
Author Keywords: Abuse; depression; elder abuse; home health care; mental health; nursing; nursing assistant; nurse's aide; personal care; occupational disease; violence; work stress; workplace violence
Jeanne Geiger-Brown, Work & Health Research Center, University of Maryland, School of Nursing, 655 West Lombard Street, Suite 575, Baltimore, MD 21201
Home Health Care Services Quarterly
University of Maryland