Determinants of bystander intervention behaviors in front of bullying at work

Abstract : In the sixties, Kitty Genovese’s murder inspired several studies about witnessing episodes of violence. Latané and Darley (1970) were the first authors to elaborate a bystanders’ behavior model, permitting to predict helping interventions. Hence, according to these scholars, recognizing the event itself is the first step in order analyse bystanders’ behavior. Most recently, Bowes-Sperry & O’Leary-Kelly (2005) adapted Latané and Darley intervention behavior model for bystanders’ of sexual harassment. In line with this research we develop and test a specific model in order to predict what is happening in bystanders’ minds in case of moral harassment at work. Indeed, compared to other kinds of psychological violence such as school bullying or sexual harassment, bullying at work is a less evident phenomenon but at the same time very damaging for employees and companies. It is a long term process, with a low immediacy and quite difficult to be recognized given its ambiguous nature. Moreover, it takes place in a complex environment characterized by hierarchical systems, by formal and informal power ... and often by fears.
Promoteur/Supervisor : Prof. HELLEMANS Catherine
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Centre de recherche/Research center : RC for Work and Consumer Psychology
Faculté/Faculty : Faculty of Psychology and Education/Faculté des Sciences psychologiques et de l'éducation
Ecole doctorale/Graduate Colleges : Science of Psychology and Education/Sciences psychologiques et de l'éducation
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