Online from: 1996
Subject Area: Human Resource Management
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|Title:||Am I my own worst enemy?: The experiences of bullying targets who are also aggressors|
|Author(s):||Céleste M. Brotheridge, (ESG – UQAM, Montreal, Canada), Raymond T. Lee, (Department of Business Administration, Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada), Jacqueline L. Power, (Odette School of Business, University of Windsor, Windsor, Canada)|
|Citation:||Céleste M. Brotheridge, Raymond T. Lee, Jacqueline L. Power, (2012) "Am I my own worst enemy?: The experiences of bullying targets who are also aggressors", Career Development International, Vol. 17 Iss: 4, pp.358 - 374|
|Keywords:||Bullying, Employees, Employees behaviour, Group dynamics, Individual behaviour, Personal health, Stress, Workplace|
|Article type:||Research paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/13620431211255833 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
Purpose – This study aims to compare the experiences of workers who perceive themselves as both targets and aggressors (aggressor-targets) with the experiences of other workers.
Design/methodology/approach – The paper reports on the results of a cross-sectional self-report questionnaire-based study (
Findings – Aggressor-targets reported performing more aggressive behaviors than did pure bullies. They also engaged in multiple types of coping strategies, but did so ineffectively as evidenced by their high levels of negative health outcomes.
Practical implications – It is possible that aggressor-targets employed many coping behaviors as a means of dealing with their situation, but they had some difficulty doing so without assistance. Consequently, aggressor-targets may be open to intervention efforts. Since this group constitutes the largest percentage of bullies and was responsible for most of the reported bullying acts, examining their experiences may help organizations reduce the overall incidence of bullying.
Originality/value – This exploratory study contributes to the small number of studies that have examined the situation of bullying targets who have also engaged in aggression in the workplace.
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