The Hidden Bullied

Dick, Gavin P.M. and Rayner, Charlotte (2012) The Hidden Bullied. International Journal of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, 2 (1). pp. 22-33. ISSN 2163-1948. (Full text available)

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Abstract

In this article the authors look at those who have been largely ignored in previous research, those who experi-ence bullying negative behaviours but who do not label themselves as bullied. The research objective is to examine the reliability of asking people to self-labelling themselves as bullied as a measure of actual bullying and to see if there is a threshold in the bullying experienced that leads to the bullied being willing to self label themselves as bullied and to what extent labelling as a victim of bullying impacts on the degree of emotional reaction to the negative behaviour experienced. Quantitative methods are used to analysis two large data sets to highlight a sub-set of people who do not self-label and test differences between them and the self-labelled bullied. The findings indicate that using a dichotomous system of the bullied and the not-bullied is confounding. Even at very high levels of negative behaviour there persists a tendency for respondents to not self-label. Also found was that regardless of whether self-labelled as a victim of bullying or not those who experi-ence negative behaviour have similar strong emotional reactions to bullying. The research finds that self-labelling is a valid but unreliable measure of workplace bullying and suggests that using a Negative Behaviour index of experiences that takes into account persistence and intensity is a much more reliable measure that captures the totality of bullying. Keywords Dignity at Work, Bullying, Negative Behaviour, Harassment, Self-labelling, Measurement

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Dignity at Work, Bullying, Negative Behaviour, Harassment, Self-labelling, Measurement,
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School
Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School > Business process/operations
Depositing User: Gavin Dick
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2010 12:50
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2014 13:04
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/5126 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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