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Influence of gender and negative affect on workplace bullying bystander intervention

Corzo Morales, Juan Carlos (2020) Influence of gender and negative affect on workplace bullying bystander intervention. Masters by Coursework thesis, Murdoch University.

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Workplace bullying in Australia has increased in the last years. Bullying is a significant health and safety concern. The workplace bullying literature has mainly focused on victims. This research intends to contribute to the development of effective evidence-based interventions targeted at active bystander participation. The study focuses on understanding the impact of gender and negative affect on bystanders’ decisions to intervene or not intervene when they observe bullying behaviour at work. The current study found that three out of four men were unlikely to intervene in a bullying event if the target was a man. Female bystanders were more likely to rate the bullying experience as more severe than male bystanders. Additionally, female witnesses displayed significant higher levels of distress and upset than male witnesses. Finally, the study found that an increasing negative affect was positively associated with an increasing likelihood of intervention. Limitations and future research are discussed

Keywords: Workplace Bullying, Bystander Intervention, Negative Affect, Gender differences

Item Type: Thesis (Masters by Coursework)
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Supervisor(s): Ditchburn, Graeme
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