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Document ID (ISN)109935
CIS number 09-985
ISSN - Serial title 0815-6409 - Journal of Occupational Health and Safety - Australia and New Zealand
Year 2007
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Mayhew C.
Title Young workers at risk: Overlaps between initiation rites, pranks, bullying, sexual harassment and occupational violence
Bibliographic information Aug. 2007, Vol.23, No.4, p.333-341. 38 ref.
Abstract Young workers are at heightened OHS risk in workplaces. This enhanced risk is due to biological, neurological, developmental and labour market position risk factors. This article focuses on another hazard that is commonly encountered by adolescent workers: exposure to initiation rites and pranks. It needs to be noted, however, that older workers can also be subject to practical jokes at workplaces. Initiation rites (ragging), pranks and bullying are all forms of workplace violence. Indeed these behavioural categories often overlap. For example, groups of workers may "play tricks" on a new employee that escalate in intensity and severity over time and may culminate in initiation rites that involve actual physical violence.
Descriptors (primary) responsibilities of employers; legal aspects; bullying; violence; unsafe acts; horseplay; young persons; sexual harassment
Descriptors (secondary) human relations; Australia; induction training; enforcement; risk factors; disciplinary measures; human behaviour
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceAustralia
Subject(s) Psychology and sociology
Broad subject area(s) Stress, psychosocial factors
Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Sexual harassment
Bullying and mobbing
Violence and terrorism