Workplace Bullying: Psychological impact Bullying has on the bystander; and individual differences in self-efficacy and altruistic tendencies in those who act as Defenders.

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Gilmore, Niamh
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BA (Hons) in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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Workplace bullying and its affects have reached epidemic levels in Ireland. The aim of the current research was to look at the bullying circle, in the workplace, and investigate if there is a secondary impact on those who are bystanders. It also focused on those who defend in bullying situations, specifically whether they possessed higher levels of self-efficacy and altruistic tendencies, compared to people who do not defend. A series of questionnaires were administered via an online survey which was released via Facebook and LinkedIn. There were 101 participants involved in this study. A significant positive correlation was found between bystanding to bullying and job related well-being. The results further revealed no significant difference in levels of self-efficacy and altruistic tendencies in those who defend. Author Keywords: Bullying; Bystanders; Defenders