Factors associated with bullying at nurses' workplaces

Biagio Fontes, Kátia; Getirana Santana, Rosangela; Marisa Pelloso, Sandra; Dalva de Barros Carvalho, Maria
May 2013
Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem (RLAE);May/Jun2013, Vol. 21 Issue 3, p758
Academic Journal
Objective: To identify nurses who are subject to workplace bullying and its associated factors. Method: Descriptive and exploratory study with a quantitative approach. The sample consisted of 199 nurses working in public and private sectors (N = 388). For data collection, a graphic socio-professional questionnaire and the Leymann Inventory Psychological Terrorization were used, both in print or electronic format (May/September 2010). Results: According to the data collected, 11.56% of the participants had been subject to bullying. Multivariate analysis showed that having children, working at Public Healthcare Units, working at an institution for a period between one and three years, currently dealing with acts of bullying and to feel bullied are risk factors for bullying. Conclusion: This study permitted a better understanding of the factors associated with bullying; however, a research based on samples of Brazilian nurses is only the first step to evaluate other factors of influence related to the organizational context.


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