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Patterns of Workplace Violence Among Women in Informal Sector in South West, Nigeria

Adejumo, G.O. and Azuh, Dominic E. (2013) Patterns of Workplace Violence Among Women in Informal Sector in South West, Nigeria. International Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities Reviews, 4 (1). pp. 9-13. ISSN 2276-8645

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This study examined the patterns of workplace violence among women in informal sector. The study adopted a survey research design. Three hundred and seventy-four women working in informal sector like farm, bakery, laundry, canteen and various construction sites were randomly selected. Their ages range from 21- 48 years with the mean of 32.6 years. Workplace Violence Questionnaire (WOVIQ) was used to collect data for this study. Two hypotheses were raised to test workplace violence among women in informal sector across educational qualifications and ages. The findings revealed a significant difference in self-reported workplace violence based on age of women working in informal sector at F (3, 373) =23.66; p<.05 and significant difference in self reported workplace violence based on level of education of women working in informal sector was at F (3, 373) =28.46; p<.05. It was concluded that although all female workers experienced workplace violence in their workplace at different degrees, it was discovered that the younger the female workers are ones who reported workplace violence more. Apart from age which is significant in determining the workplace violence among female workers, level of education also influences workplace violence, the higher the level of education the less the reported workplace violence. It was recommended that supervisors at different sites, firms etc should discourage any negative practice in the non-formal workplace including sexual harassment. Secondly, because of their status, female employees should be protected by legislation against such acts. Thirdly, non-governmental organizations interested in women issues should provide forum for female workers to bring forward their complaints whenever they experience workplace violence and other related discriminatory

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: workplace violence, feminism, informal sector
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Mrs Patricia Nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2015 21:19
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2015 21:19

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