Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Workplace bullying: Protective mechanisms between bullying and post-traumatic stress disorder
by Sartain, Suzy S., D.P.H., Capella University, 2013, 139; 3589460
Abstract (Summary)

This quantitative replicated study was adapted from Nielson et al. (2008). It explored the relationship between exposure to bullying and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder as experienced by Licensed Professional Counselors (L PCs), who are themselves targets or have witnessed bullying in the workplace. The research questions probed (a) incidences of workplace bullying of LPCs, (b) the occurrence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms because of workplace bullying, and (c) the manner in which sense of coherence moderates PTSD-related symptoms for counselors experiencing bullying. Online surveys were sent to LPCs via email as a means of data gathering. LPC email addresses were obtained from Medical Solution links. The instruments chosen for the study were three validated surveys. The 54 LPC participants have provided their perceptions and personal experiences on workplace bullying, post-traumatic stress disorder, and a sense of coherence. The findings showed that the LPC respondents in this study were extensively exposed to workplace bullying. It was also established that there were no significant differences in the self-reported PTSD symptoms of LPCs who have experienced workplace bullying and those who did not. Lastly, the study concluded that high, moderate, or low sense of coherence (SOC) makes no significant differences in the development of PTSD-linked aftereffects to bullying. These findings add to the body of knowledge concerning bullying of licensed professional counselors, its aftermath, and any long-lasting effects of post-traumatic stress.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Noah, Benjamin V.
Commitee: Moore, Julia, Thauberger, Gerald
School: Capella University
Department: Public Service Leadership
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-B 74/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, Counseling Psychology, Occupational psychology
Keywords: Incivility, Lpc, Mobbing, Ptsd, Soc, Workplace bullying
Publication Number: 3589460
ISBN: 978-1-303-28099-3
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