Publication Date


Date of Final Oral Examination (Defense)

March 2023

Type of Culminating Activity


Degree Title

Master of Public Health


Community and Environmental Health

Major Advisor

Kimberly Rauscher, Sc.D.


Megan Smith, Ph.D.


Cynthia Curl, Ph.D.


Working is often seen as an integral aspect of growing up in the United States. Due to the increased desire for independence and financial gain, many adolescents decide to pursue the expansion of their job skills by entering the labor force. Adolescents crave financial independence and freedom. However, many are unaware of the risks that accompany working. The perpetrators of adolescent workplace violence are generally thought to be customers or coworkers. But what if it was the supervisor?

The main objective of the study is to determine whether abusive supervision of young workers differs depending on the worker’s race/ethnicity. Using secondary data analysis from a cross-sectional study, we were able to provide the difference in abusive supervision by the adolescent race/ethnicity.

The result show adolescents experienced hostility, bullying, and workplace violence and that there was a relationship between these experiences and the workers' race/ethnicity. The negative perception of supervisors in terms of hostility, workplace violence, and bullying are, by and large, perceived to be experienced differently among adolescents by their race/ethnicity.


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