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Workplace incivility as a risk factor for workplace bullying and psychological well-being: a longitudinal study of targets and bystanders in a sample of swedish engineers
Malmö University, Faculty of Culture and Society (KS), Department of Urban Studies (US). Malmö University, Centre for Work Life and Evaluation Studies (CTA).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2077-0243
Department of Psychology, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.
Department of Psychology, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.
2022 (English)In: BMC Psychology, E-ISSN 2050-7283, Vol. 10, no 1, p. 1-14, article id 299Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: The aim of the present study is to explore whether (experienced and witnessed) workplace incivility is a risk factor for (experienced and witnessed) workplace bullying. An additional aim is to explore whether experienced workplace incivility is associated with psychological well-being above and beyond the influence of (experienced and witnessed) workplace bullying on well-being.

Methods: A survey was distributed via e-mail to a panel of Swedish engineers. The survey was administered at three time points over one year. In total, N = 1005 engineers responded to the survey. Of these, N = 341 responded to more than one survey, providing longitudinal data. N = 111 responded to all three surveys.

Results: The results showed that the likelihood of being targeted by workplace bullying was higher for those who had previously experienced incivility, even when taking previous bullying exposure into account. There was also partial support for a higher likelihood of witnessing bullying at a later time point for those that had previously witnessed incivility. Additionally, the results showed that experienced workplace incivility was negatively related to psychological well-being over time, even when controlling for previous levels of experienced and witnessed workplace bullying and well-being. However, this result was only found over one of the two time lags.

Conclusion: The findings of the present study suggests that workplace incivility can be a risk factor for future bullying. In addition, the findings suggest that experienced workplace incivility exerts a unique negative effect on psychological well-being, even when accounting for exposure to workplace bullying. 

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BioMed Central (BMC), 2022. Vol. 10, no 1, p. 1-14, article id 299
Keywords [en]
Workplace incivility, Workplace bullying, Psychological well-being, Target, Bystander
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Psychology Work Sciences
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Organisational studies; Arbete och organisation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-56535DOI: 10.1186/s40359-022-00996-1ISI: 000896756700001PubMedID: 36503593Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85143740387OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-56535DiVA, id: diva2:1718005
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Malmö UniversityAvailable from: 2022-12-12 Created: 2022-12-12 Last updated: 2024-02-05Bibliographically approved

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