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Bullying and Psychological Distress in Workplace

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Behavioral and Mental Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2024 | Viewed by 2388

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Interests: workplace mobbing; bullying in sport; values congruence; corporate social responsibility
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Dear Colleagues,

Workplace bullying can be likened to a cancer that has metastasized in many organizations. A worldwide study by the UN International Labour Organization (2022) has shown that more than one in five working people (23%) have experienced physical, psychological, or sexual assaults. Long-term and systematically repeated attacks cause professional burnout, serious consequences for employees’ physical and mental health, the development of addictions to drugs and intoxicating substances, and a build-up that can often even lead to suicide.

No statistics can measure the suffering experienced by a victim of workplace bullying who has been systematically persecuted for a long time. Therefore, topics encompassing distress experienced by victims, damage it causes to physical and mental health, treatment and rehabilitation, the ability to cope with stress and prevention, the ability to recognize workplace bullying, and the management of risks related to it remain particularly relevant. Finally, there are unanswered questions about the existence of workplace bullying prevention and solutions of problems caused by this phenomenon in the national health policy of individual countries.

The field of research on workplace bullying in the context of public health is very broad, requiring an innovative approach and scientific contribution from different disciplines. Better knowledge of workplace bullying and its consequences, as well as the development of methods of assistance to victims, significantly contribute to the creation of a work environment, well-being of employees, and society that is healthier. Therefore, we invite you to publish your research in the Special Issue “Bullying and Psychological Distress in Workplace”.

If you are unsure whether your manuscript is suitable for this Special Issue, please do not hesitate to send me an email and I will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Email address: [email protected].

Prof. Dr. Jolita Vveinhardt
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  • workplace bullying
  • workplace bullying prevention
  • well-being at work
  • psychological distress
  • psychological work environment
  • physical and mental health
  • distress in the workplace
  • distress coping
  • treatment
  • rehabilitation
  • abusive behavior
  • emotional harassment
  • hostile work environment
  • psychological support
  • social support

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Experiences of Sexual Harassment by Patients among Nurses at the Mental Hospital of West Java Province: A Qualitative Study
by Iyus Yosep, Rohman Hikmat, Suryani Suryani and Ai Mardhiyah
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2023, 20(8), 5525; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph20085525 - 14 Apr 2023
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Sexual harassment is behavior related to forced sex without the consent of the victim. Incidents of sexual harassment on nurses can be in the form of physical behavior and verbal behavior. The factor of power relations between men and women and the patriarchal [...] Read more.
Sexual harassment is behavior related to forced sex without the consent of the victim. Incidents of sexual harassment on nurses can be in the form of physical behavior and verbal behavior. The factor of power relations between men and women and the patriarchal culture in Indonesia are the causes of the sexual harassment of mental health nurses, so many incidents of the sexual harassment of women occur. The forms of sexual harassment that occur include kissing, hugging from behind, and verbal abuse related to sex. The purpose of this study was to explore the experience of sexual harassment of psychiatric nurses at the Mental Hospital of West Java Province. This study implemented a qualitative descriptive approach using the NVIVO 12 software application. The sample in this study was 40 psychiatric nurses at the Mental Hospital of West Java Province. The sampling technique in this study was focus group discussions with semi-structured and in-depth interviews. The data analysis in this study used a thematic analysis. This study shows that sexual harassment behavior is carried out by patients in physical and verbal forms. Sexual harassment is mostly carried out by male patients towards female nurses. Meanwhile, sexual harassment took the form of hugging from behind, kissing, naked patients in front of nurses, and disturbing nurses with verbal abuse related to sex. Nurses feel disturbed, afraid, anxious, and shocked by the incidents of sexual harassment committed by patients. Sexual harassment by patients towards nurses causes psychological problems for nurses and causes nurses to want to leave their jobs. Gender adjustment between nurses and patients is a preventive effort to prevent the sexual harassment of nurses. Sexual harassment by patients causes a decrease in the quality of work of nurses in providing nursing care, creating a work environment that is less safe and comfortable. Full article
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