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|Title: ||Exploring the impact of workplace cyberbullying on trainee doctors|
|Authors: ||Farley, Samuel|
Coyne, Iain J.
Sprigg, Christine A.
|Issue Date: ||2015|
|Publisher: ||© John Wiley & Sons Ltd|
|Citation: ||FARLEY, S. ... et al, 2015. Exploring the impact of workplace cyberbullying on trainee doctors. Medical Education, 49 (4), pp.436-443|
|Abstract: ||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.|
|Description: ||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.|
|Version: ||Accepted for publication|
|Publisher Link: ||http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/medu.12666|
|Appears in Collections:||Published Articles (Business School)|
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