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Workplace Sexual Violence in Female Truck Drivers: A Conceptual Framework to Look at the Problem
American Association of Occupational Health Nurses 2016 National Conference (2016)
  • Kim Bourne, Western Kentucky University
  • D. G. Anderson
Abstract
Background. Worldwide, workplace sexual violence affects more than 50% of women; 33% are harassed, 8% are raped, and approximately 40% of workplace deaths are the result of homicide.  In the United States, the majority of these deaths are related to intimate partner violence.  Due to the characteristics female truck drivers share with victims of workplace sexual violence and the nature of their job, they are at risk for this problem.  Little is known about workplace sexual violence in this population. Purpose. The purposes of this presentation are to discuss what is known about three types of workplace sexual violence (harassment, sexual assault and intimate partner violence) and to present a new conceptual framework that will be used to study workplace sexual violence in female truck drivers. Methods.  Articles in English between 1980 and 2015 were searched in PubMed, CINAHL, PsycInfo, and MedLine using the keywords female truck drivers, rape, harassment, and intimate partner violence. Results. Workplace sexual violence victim characteristics include: black and white race, middle aged or younger, lower incomes, and lower education levels.  Workplace risks include: working late hours at night or early in the morning, working alone, working in isolated areas, working with the public, and working in a mobile workplace.  Female truck drivers are white (75%) and aged 30 to 50 (60%), have low to middle incomes (62%), and high school to some college education (90%).  They have irregular schedules, drive and park in high crime areas, and work daily with the public.
Keywords
  • irregular work schedules,
  • job risks,
  • partner violence
Publication Date
2016
Location
Jacksonville, Florida
Citation Information
Workplace Sexual Violence in Female Truck Drivers: A Conceptual Framework to Look at the Problem (poster presentation): American Association of Occupational Health Nurses 2016 National Conference, Jacksonville, Florida.