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Document ID (ISN)109577
CIS number 09-741
ISSN - Serial title 0962-7480 - Occupational Medicine
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Brousse G., Fontana L., Ouchchane L., Boisson C., Gerbaud L., Bourguet D., Perrier A., Schmitt A., Llorca P.M., Chamoux A.
Title Psychopathological features of a patient population of targets of workplace bullying
Bibliographic information Mar. 2008, Vol.58, No.2, p.122-128. 34 ref.
Internet access http://occmed.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/reprint/58/2/122 [in English]
Abstract The objective of this study was to evaluate levels of stress and anxiety-depression disorder developed by targets of workplace bullying and to characterize this population in terms of psychopathology and socio-demographic features. Forty-eight patients (36 women and 12 men) meeting Leymann criteria for bullying were included in a prospective study. Evaluations were performed at first consultation and at 12 months using a standard clinical interview and several tests for stress, including the Hospital Anxiety and Depression (HAD) scale. Stress at work and depression significantly influenced capacity to return to work. At 12-month assessments, subjects working showed a significantly better score on the HAD scale than those still not working. Over half the targets presented a neuroticism-related predominant personality trait. Workplace bullying can have severe mental health repercussions, triggering serious and persistent underlying disorders.
Descriptors (primary) bullying; France; risk factors; mental health; stress factors; anxiety
Descriptors (secondary) sickness absenteeism; depressive neurosis; personality disorders; social aspects; statistical evaluation; medical examinations; character
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFrance
Subject(s) Psychology and sociology
Broad subject area(s) Stress, psychosocial factors
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Mental health
Bullying and mobbing
Psychological factors
Mental stress and burnout