Influence of some psychosocial factors on mobbing and its consequences among employees working with people with intellectual disabilities

Authors:
FIGUEIREDO-FERRAZ Hugo, et al
Journal article citation:
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 25(5), September 2012, pp.455-463.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell

Mobbing has been defined as interpersonal workplace aggression and efforts by individuals to harm others with whom they work. Mobbing has been characterised as an emerging risk at work. Certain workplace characteristics have been linked to mobbing. The aim of this study was to analyse the influence of role clarity, interpersonal conflicts and social support on mobbing and its consequences (inclination towards absenteeism and psychosomatic disorders) in a sample of employees working with people with learning disabilities. The study participants were 422 employees working at 61 companies in the Valencian Community, Spain. The participants completed a self-report confidential questionnaire. Structural equation modelling (SEM) was used to test a hypothesised model that linked the psychosocial factors, mobbing, and its consequences. The findings indicated that the model showed an adequate fit to data, with all hypothesised relationships being significant. The results provide support for the mediator role of mobbing in the relationship between high role ambiguity, low social support and high interpersonal conflicts and psychosomatic disorders and inclination towards absenteeism.

Subject terms:
models, organisational culture, staff management, bullying, employment, harassment;
Content type:
research
Location(s):
Spain
Link:
Journal home page
ISSN online:
1468-3148
ISSN print:
1360-2322

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Authors:
FIGUEIREDO-FERRAZ Hugo, et al
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell
Subject terms:
models, organisational culture, staff management, bullying, employment, harassment

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