Mobbing in schools and hospitals in Uruguay: Prevalence and relation to loss of status

Abraham P. Buunk, Silvia Franco, Pieternel Dijkstra, Rosario Zurriaga

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In the present study in secondary schools and hospitals in Uruguay (N = 187), we examined the relationship between feeling the victim of mobbing and a perceived loss of status. Nearly all forms of mobbing were more prevalent among hospital employees than among school employees. Among hospital employees, 40.4%, and among school employees, 23.9% reported being the victim of mobbing at least once a week. Being the victim of mobbing was, in both hospitals and schools, more prevalent among older employees, and in hospitals, among employees who were more highly educated and who had been employed for a longer time. Men and women did not differ in reporting that one was a victim of mobbing, but men reported more perceived loss of status than women. However, among women, being the victim of mobbing was much more strongly related to experiencing a loss of status than among men. Several explanations for this gender difference and the practical and theoretical implications of the results are discussed
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)623-634
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of interpersonal violence
Issue number5
Early online date19-Jan-2016
Publication statusPublished - 1-Mar-2017

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