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Workplace violence and mental illness

Kristine M. Empie

New York, N.Y., LFB Scholarly Publishing LLC, 2003, 156 s. (Criminal justice : recent scholarship) ISBN 1-931202-50-8
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Using mental health workers as an example, Empie's work on violence in the workplace shows how the victim's routine activities provide occasion for violence.

Empie provides an overview of violence in the workplace and explores in detail victimization among mental health workers working with the mentally ill. To find data a domain-specific victimization model was utilized. Focusing on the routine activities of mental health workers, Empie uncovers specific characteristics of this field. Data are based on qualitative interviews and surveys. In order to analyze the data, both linear and logistic regression techniques were used. The findings support Cohen and Felson's (1979) routine activity theory which stresses how the daily activities of the victim provide opportunity for crime.

Table of Contents

Routine Activities Theory
Violence in the Workplace
Research Methodology
The Practitioner's Perspective
Violence in Mental Health
Practical Implications
Kristine M. Empie is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Corrections at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She earned her Ph.D. in 2001 from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.