Post-Traumatic Symptoms Among Victims of Workplace Bullying: Exploring Gender Differences and Shattered Assumptions
Article first published online: 18 OCT 2010
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Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 40, Issue 10, pages 2616–2635, October 2010
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Rodríguez-Muñoz, A., Moreno-Jiménez, B., Sanz Vergel, A. I. and Garrosa Hernández, E. (2010), Post-Traumatic Symptoms Among Victims of Workplace Bullying: Exploring Gender Differences and Shattered Assumptions. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 40: 2616–2635. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2010.00673.x
- Issue published online: 18 OCT 2010
- Article first published online: 18 OCT 2010
The aims of the present study were twofold: assessing the prevalence and intensity of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms in victims of bullying, and exploring whether victims of bullying differ in their basic assumptions compared to a control group. A total of 183 victims of bullying and 183 control group participants took part in the research. The results showed that 42.6% of the total sample met all DSM-IV-TR criteria for PTSD, whereas 54.1% did not fulfill the A1 criterion. Post-traumatic symptoms were more prevalent among women (49%), as compared to men (35.3%). Furthermore, victims showed significantly more negative beliefs about the world, the people, and themselves, compared to their non-bullied controls. These results fit well with cognitive theory of trauma.