Current Literature Regarding the History of Bullying Research

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Adult bullying at work is shockingly common and very destructive. In an in-depth analysis of 146 organizations worldwide, workplaces evidencing bullying on a relatively routine basis made up 44% of the total analyzed. U.S. studies also suggest alarming prevalence rates. During any given 6 to 12 month period, up to 13 percent of workers are bullied on the job; this increases significantly when counting those bullied anytime during their careers .These numbers translate to millions of workers: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics 136 million Americans were employed in July 2008. An estimated 55 million Americans have been bullied at work using the 33% rate. This paper reviews the current literature regarding the history of bullying…show more content…
A decade later, the topic surfaced in England In 1991, a freelance journalist named Andrea Adams, brought the issue to public attention in Britain through a series of BBC radio posts; she labeled the phenomenon “bullying.” As a result of Adams’ work and public concern, interest in and the study of bullying intensified in the U.K. Although Scandinavia and the U.K. continue to lead in this area, bullying and mobbing research now includes, among others, scholars and professionals in Japan, Australia, and Canada. In the United States the history of adult bullying research has been less straightforward. U.S. psychiatrist Carroll Brodsky conducted one of the first studies of workplace harassment and subsequently published “The Harassed Worker”. Despite the groundbreaking nature of his work, the book stirred little interest at the time. Brodsky’s research was revived in the early 1990s when interest surged in England. Around this same time, the study of human aggression expanded to include aggression at work, research that was centrally concerned with perpetrators. In the early 1990s, nursing professor, Helen Cox, began studying verbal abuse in medical settings when it appeared to be driving away gifted nursing students. Around the same time rare but highly visible occurrences of workplace murder sparked a massive amount of research that extended into the next two. In the late 1990s research with a district focus that
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