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Thesis

Workplace bullying: An exploratory study examining the perceived effects of targets of bullying

26 July 2002

Abstract

The purpose of this non-random, non-representative study was to examine self-identified targets of bullying to discover the nature of the symptoms they report and whether a connection exists between bullying and mental health outcomes. Methods: data were taken from a survey on the www.bullybusters.org website on the internet that was accessed by participants between the years 1998 - 2000. Participants were 80% female and 20% male and ranged in age from 14 to 63. Results: Most participants reported female bullies, though closer analysis reveals that the gender split is 52% female and 48% male. Most often both the target and the bully were of an unprotected racial designation. The symptoms endorsed by participants grouped into physiological, cognitive and behavioral categories. Discussion: Symptomatology for certain disorders, i.e., Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Major Depressive Disorder, were well represented. However, conclusions regarding generalizibility cannot be made due to the lack of a representative sample.


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