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    The financial burden of psychosocial workplace aggression: a systematic review of cost-of-illness studies

    Hassard, Juliet and Teoh, Kevin and Visockaite, Gintare and Dewe, Philip and Cox, Tom (2018) The financial burden of psychosocial workplace aggression: a systematic review of cost-of-illness studies. Work & Stress: An International Journal of Work, Health & Organisations 32 (1), pp. 6-32. ISSN 0267-8373.

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    Understanding the economic impact of psychological and social forms of workplace aggression to society could yield important insights into the magnitude of this occupational phenomenon. The objective of this systematic review was to collate, summarize, review and critique, and synthesize the cost of psychosocial workplace aggression at the individual- and societal-level. A peer-reviewed research protocol detailing the search strategy, study selection procedures and data extraction process was developed a priori. Both the academic and grey literatures were examined. To allow for basic comparison, all costs were converted and adjusted to reflect 2014 US dollars. Twelve studies, from five national contexts, met the inclusion criteria and were reviewed: Australia (n=2), Italy (n=1), Spain (n=1), the United Kingdom (n=3) and the United States (n=5). The annual cost of psychosocial workplace aggression varied substantially, ranging between $114.64 million and $35.9 billion. Heterogeneity across studies was found, with noted variations in stated study aims, utilized prevalence statistics and included costs. The review concludes that existing evidence attests to the substantial cost of psychosocial workplace aggression to both the individual and society, albeit such derived estimates are likely gross underestimates. The findings highlight the importance of interpreting such figures within their conceptual and methodological contexts.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis, available online at the link above.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): psychosocial aggression, workplace, societal costs; cost-of-illness studies; systematic review
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Business School
    Depositing User: Kevin Teoh
    Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2017 13:22
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:35


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