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Work Organization, Psychological Violence and Moral Harassment: Panorama of the Brazilian Context in Health Institutions

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In this qualitative study, we present experiences of psychological violence and moral harassment, establishing characteristics of the work organization (WO) from the perception of hospital employees. Participants were 13 women randomly selected from a list of health professionals provided by a Union of Workers of Health Establishments from the south of Brazil. The group was composed of Nursing Technicians and Nursing Assistants (69.22%), Cleaning Assistants (23.07%), and Kitchen Assistants (7.69%). A semi-structured interview with a guiding script served as instrument for data collection. The audio recording transcriptions were submitted to content analysis technique, which generated three thematic categories: 1) experiences of psychological violence, 2) occurrence of moral harassment, and 3) work organization in the health field. The information from the speeches showed substantial evidences of psychological violence and moral harassment suffered by health professionals in the specific context of the study.

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Rissi, V. , Pauli, J. , Dalbosco, S. and de Bortoli Pisoni, K. (2015) Work Organization, Psychological Violence and Moral Harassment: Panorama of the Brazilian Context in Health Institutions. Psychology, 6, 1051-1058. doi: 10.4236/psych.2015.69102.


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