Abuse and violence during home care work as predictor of worker depression

Jeanne Geiger-Brown, Carles Muntaner, Kathleen McPhaul, Jane Lipscomb, Alison Trinkoff

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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 adose 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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-77
Number of pages19
JournalHome Health Care Services Quarterly
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • Abuse
  • Depression
  • Elder abuse
  • Home health care
  • Mental health
  • Nurse's aide
  • Nursing
  • Nursing assistant
  • Occupational disease
  • Personal care
  • Violence
  • Work stress
  • Workplace violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Community and Home Care
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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