Relation between Harassment and Burnout among Nurses

Author: Rabia Ahmed

Supervisor: Shazia Khalid

Degree: MSc

Year: 2012-2014

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The aim of the present study was to find out the relationship between
workplace harassment and burnout among nurses. It was hypothesized that
there is likely to be a relationship between harassment and burnout among
nurses. It was also hypothesized that there is likely to be significant
differences in harassment and burnout among nurses according to age
range. Sample of the present study consisted of 120 nurses from different
hospitals of Lahore. Nurses ranged in ages between 20-50 years, with
mean age of 28 (SD = 1.12). Workplace Harassment Scale (Bjorkqvist,
Oysterman and Hjelt-beck, 1994) and Oldenburg Inventory (Jucampos
2005) were used to measure the harassment and burnout in individuals.
The result indicates that harassment and burnout were positively related to
each other. The level of harassment and burnout is high in the nurses with
the age range 20-25 than others. This study will be helpful to find the
reasons of burnout among nurses and it will help to prevent those
conditions at workplace which cause burnout for the betterment of the
nurses and their job. It would provide more literature on this topic.

Keywords: Harassment, Nurses, Burnout, Workplace.

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