A summary review of literature relating to workplace bullying

Charlotte Rayner, H. Hoel

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This paper is intended to provide literature signposts for the new researcher into adult bullying. A concise, but not exhaustive, overview of literature relating to workplace bullying is undertaken. It draws on the base provided by work into school bullying and progresses to the arena of adult bullying. In both fields Scandinavian countries have contributed a significant proportion of the research. Research reported in the English language into adult bullying at work is rather limited, but will have emphasis in this paper. Broadly there are two direct approaches; that of investigating the incidence of bullying, and also that of attempting to understand the bullying process. Both approaches are sometimes integrated within a study. There is a wide range of work that can be related to bullying at work, and some of these areas are highlighted.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-191
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Community & Applied Social Psychology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1997


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