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Document ID (ISN)101798
CIS number 03-994
ISBN(s) 951-802-518-5
Year 2003
Convention or series no. People and Work Research Reports 56
Author(s) Vartia M.
Title Workplace bullying - A study on the work environment, well-being and health
Bibliographic information Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Publication Office, Topeliuksenkatu 41 a A, 00250 Helsinki, Finland, 2003. 68p. Illus. 120 ref. Price: EUR 18.00.
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Abstract This study (published as a thesis in the Department of Psychology, University of Helsinki), examines the prevalence of bullying, the risks of bullying in the work environment, bullying strategies, as well as differences between men and women in facing workplace bullying in various organizational settings, with an emphasis on the situation in Finland. Cross-sectional questionnaire surveys were carried out among 949 municipal employees and 1870 prison workers as well as longitudinal surveys over two years on 5432 hospital employees. Bullying was most common in prisons (prevalence 20.1%), followed by municipal institutions (10.1%) and hospitals (5.0%). Bullying correlates with a poor social and managerial climate and with violence among prison inmates. Prolonged bullying was associated with increased incidence of depression (OR 4.81) and cardiovascular disease (OR 2.31). Differences between the sexes were small, with men and women perceiving bullying equally often. Female victims were usually bullied by their co-workers, whereas male victims reported being equally often bullied by supervisors or managers and co-workers.
Descriptors (primary) bullying; Finland; workplaces; government services; health care personnel; prison services; human behaviour
Descriptors (secondary) human relations; neuropsychic stress; report; depressive neurosis; thesis; frequency rates; cross-sectional study; sex-linked differences; cardiovascular diseases; social aspects; questionnaire survey
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceFinland
Subject(s) Psychology and sociology
Broad subject area(s) Stress, psychosocial factors
Browse category(ies) Fire fighting, police, prisons and the armed forces
Health care services
Bullying and mobbing
Psychological factors
Public and government services