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ERIC Number: ED526763
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 193
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1245-1412-3
Workplace Bullying in Academe: A Grounded Theory Study Exploring How Faculty Cope with the Experience of Being Bullied
Wilkin, La Vena
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Nova Southeastern University
This qualitative study used a grounded theory methodology to generate a theory about how targets of workplace bullying in academe may begin to heal from the aftermath of their ill-treatment. The emphasis was on understanding the experiences of university faculty members who had been targets of workplace bullying. A key factor in this study was to discover how the university leaders' responses to faculty reports of bullying behavior impacted the faculty member's experience. Additionally, this research project explored whether or not the category of bullying the target was exposed to influenced their coping strategy. Targets of workplace bullying often experience stress-related illnesses, they leave their jobs, and their personal relationships suffer. Like victims of other interpersonal injustices, targets of workplace bullying may find it difficult to heal while they hold on to anger, blame, and resentment toward the bully and an organizational culture that supports bullying. This study generated a theory to help understand how targets can begin to let go of negative emotions that produce toxic side effects and move toward enhanced peace of mind, improved relationships, and generally improved physical and emotional health. This research included semi-structured face-to-face interviews with faculty who had been targets of a workplace bully. The recruitment methods, snowball sampling and placing a notice on a blog created to give targets a voice, resulted in all participants being either current or former faculty at a large state university in the southeast area of the country. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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