A survey was carried out of psychiatric trainees'work-related experiences of unwanted sexual contact.
A structured postal questionnaire was administered to 100 psychiatric trainees from senior house officer to specialist registrar level in a large psychiatric rotation.
There was an 85% response rate ; 86% (73) of the sample had experienced unwanted sexual contact, with 47% (40) experiencing deliberate touching, leaning over or cornering, and 18% (15) receiving letters, telephone calls or material of a sexual nature.
Three-quarters (64) of respondents had experienced unwanted sexual contact from patients and 64% (54) from staff.
Experiences and attitudes did not generally differ by gender, grade or training experience.
Four out of 48 female respondents described stalking by patients.
Of the 39 respondents who had reported harassment by patients, 31 felt supported by colleagues, while of the 13 who had reported harassment by colleagues, eight felt supported.
Two-thirds of the respondents considered sexual harassment'sometimes'or'frequently'a problem for the profession.
Diagnoses of confusional states, mania or schizophrenia made subjects less likely to consider unwanted sexual behaviour to be'sexual harassment' (86%, 80%, and 67%, respectively), but not for other diagnoses.
Levels of threatening and intrusive sexual harassment are unacceptably high in this study group.
Health trusts should adopt policies of zero tolerance'and all incidents should be reported. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Royaume Uni, Europe, Epidémiologie, Homme, Evaluation, Personnel sanitaire, Psychiatrie, Questionnaire, Harcèlement sexuel, Victimologie, Surveillance sanitaire, Expérience, Attitude
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : United Kingdom, Europe, Epidemiology, Human, Evaluation, Health staff, Psychiatry, Questionnaire, Sexual harassment, Victimology, Sanitary surveillance, Experience, Attitude
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Cote : 99-0424061
Code Inist : 002B18F01. Création : 22/03/2000.