Navigation Links
Workplace Bullying Takes Toll on Witnesses Too, Study Finds
Date:12/13/2012

THURSDAY, Dec. 13 (HealthDay News) -- People who experience or witness workplace bullying are more likely to have prescriptions for antidepressants, sleeping pills and tranquilizers, a new study finds.

Previous research has shown that workplace bullying affects mental health, but it hasn't been clear whether this leads to a greater need for drug treatment or if the impact is similar for workers who are victims of bullying and those who witness it, the authors of the new study noted.

To shed more light on the issue, the researchers asked more than 6,600 public-service employees in Helsinki, Finland, aged 40 to 60, about workplace bullying they either saw or experienced between 2000 and 2002.

Five percent of the employees said they were currently being bullied and 18 percent of women and 12 percent of men said they had been bullied before, either in their current job or in a previous job with another employer.

About half of the employees said they had witnessed bullying in the workplace at least occasionally, and about 10 percent said they had witnessed it often, according to the study, which was published Dec. 12 in the journal BMJ Open.

The researchers also found that women who experienced bullying at work were 50 percent more likely to have a prescription for antidepressants, sleeping pills or tranquilizers, while the likelihood was twice as high for men who experienced bullying at work.

Women and men who witnessed bullying at work were 53 percent and nearly twice as likely, respectively, to be prescribed such drugs, the study authors noted in a journal news release.

"Workplace bullying needs to be tackled proactively in an effective way to prevent its adverse consequences for mental health," study author Tea Lallukka, formerly of the department of public health at the University of Helsinki, and currently of the department of sociology at the University of Surrey in the United Kingdom, and colleagues concluded in their report.

Although the study found an association between workplace bullying and employees being prescribed certain types of drugs, it did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship.

More information

The Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety has more about workplace bullying.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: BMJ Open, news release, Dec. 12, 2012


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Indoor workplace smoking bans garner strong support from Hoosiers
2. Decline in incidence of heart attacks appears associated with smoke-free workplace laws
3. Theres an app for that: Apple iPod Touch helps adults with autism function in the workplace
4. Workplace bullying witnesses consider quitting more than the victims: UBC study
5. Author and Speaker Dr. Yvonne Corppetts to Lecture on Creating A Healthy Workplace (Emotionally)
6. New study shows that workplace inspections save lives, dont destroy jobs
7. With Bullying, Whats a Parent to Do?
8. Bullying has long-term health consequences
9. Adults See Some Teen Bullying as Less Serious: Survey
10. Study details bullying involvement for adolescents with autism spectrum disorder
11. In-Person Bullying Still Bigger Problem Than Cyberbullying: Expert
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Workplace Bullying Takes Toll on Witnesses Too, Study Finds
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... , ... Delta Dental of California and its affiliated companies announced today that ... who recently retired as president and CEO of Delta Dental of California and its ... Year , helped lead the effort to raise funds for studies to strengthen pancreatic ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... , ... February 08, 2016 , ... ... wide variety of organizations. DocuSyst provides a cloud hosted environment for FileHold ... installations include integration with various 3rd party applications using the FileHold web services ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... , ... TopConsumerReviews.com recently awarded their highest five-star rating to a product from ... a cluster of melanin when exposed to sunlight. Although most moles are benign and ... embarrassment. Historically, mole removal has involved a painful, often expensive visit to ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... February 08, 2016 , ... ... four states in the U.S. require dental technicians to be certified or obtain ... dental industry, NADL created the “What’s In Your Mouth?” campaign to inform dentists ...
(Date:2/7/2016)... Scottsdale, AZ (PRWEB) , ... February 07, 2016 ... ... & Neck and Facial Plastics, has added Kybella® to his medical and surgical ... is a newly approved FDA injectable medication used as a non-surgical alternative for ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/8/2016)...  Astellas Pharma Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer ... Robinson as president, Americas Operations, for Astellas US LLC, ... South America , effective April 1, 2016.  Robinson ... organization in the United States -- ... Yoshida , who is retiring in June 2016.  ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... BioPharma Corp. (CTI BioPharma) (NASDAQ and MTA:CTIC) today announced ... Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on February 4, 2016, ... on the clinical studies being conducted under the Company,s ... hold impacts part of the clinical work currently being ... clinical trials. --> ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... Feb. 5, 2016  Redwood Scientific Technologies, Inc. announced ... designed to help women balance their hormones. This product ... Jason Cardiff , President and CEO. ... to help the millions of women across the country ... of imbalanced hormones. Our research and development team is ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: