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Exploring the impact of workplace cyberbullying on trainee doctors

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posted on 06.04.2016 by Samuel Farley, Iain Coyne, Christine A. Sprigg, Carolyn Axtell, Ganesh Subramanian
Objectives: Workplace bullying is an occupational hazard for trainee doctors. However little is known about their experiences of cyberbullying at work. This study examines the impact of cyberbullying among trainee doctors, and how attributions of blame for cyberbullying influenced individual and work‐related outcomes. Methods: Doctors more than six months into their training were asked to complete an online survey that included measures of cyberbullying, blame attribution, negative emotion, job satisfaction, interactional justice and mental strain. In total, 158 trainee doctors (104 females, 54 males) completed the survey. Results: Overall, 71 (45%) respondents experienced at least one act of cyberbullying. Cyberbullying adversely impacted on job satisfaction (β=‐0.19; P<.05) and mental strain (β=0.22; P<.001), although attributions of blame for the cyberbullying influenced its impact and the mediation path. Negative emotion mediated the relationship between self‐blame for a cyberbullying act and mental strain; whereas interactional injustice mediated the association between blaming the perpetrator and job dissatisfaction. Conclusions: Cyberbullying acts were experienced by nearly half of the sample during their training and were found to significantly relate to ill‐health and job dissatisfaction. The deleterious impact of cyberbullying can be addressed through both workplace policies and training for trainee doctors and other experienced medical professionals.

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  • Business and Economics

Department

  • Business

Published in

MEDICAL EDUCATION

Volume

49

Issue

4

Pages

436 - 443 (8)

Citation

FARLEY, S. ... et al, 2015. Exploring the impact of workplace cyberbullying on trainee doctors. Medical Education, 49 (4), pp.436-443

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© John Wiley & Sons Ltd

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2015

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This is the peer reviewed version of the article, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/medu.12666. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

ISSN

0308-0110

eISSN

1365-2923

Language

en

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