The role of psychological stress reactions in the longitudinal relation between workplace bullying and turnover

Tidsskriftartikel - 2017

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OBJECTIVES: To investigate the association between workplace bullying and change of job/unemployment, and to investigate whether psychological stress reactions constitute a potential pathway linking workplace bullying and change of job/unemployment.

METHODS: We used questionnaire data on workplace bullying and psychological stress reactions and register data on change of job/unemployment. We applied a multiple pathway approach to estimate the proportion of the association between workplace bullying and subsequent change of job/unemployment that was potentially mediated by psychological stress reactions.

RESULTS: Workplace bullying was associated with risk of change of job (odds ratio [OR] = 1.35; 95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.06-1.72; 24% potentially mediated by psychological stress reactions) and unemployment (OR = 4.90; 95% CI: 3.18-7.55; 19% potentially mediated by psychological stress reactions).

CONCLUSION: Workplace bullying has important consequences for labor market outcomes. Psychological stress reactions may play a vital role in this process.

Reference

Nabe-Nielsen K, Grynderup MB, Conway PM, Clausen T, Bonde JP, Garde AH, Hogh A, Kaerlev L, Török E, Hansen ÅM. The role of psychological stress reactions in the longitudinal relation between workplace bullying and turnover. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2017;59(7):665-672.
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001050

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