Intervene – good working relationships without bullying: Evaluation of a bystander intervention

Research output: Contribution to conference without publisher/journalConference abstract for conferenceResearchpeer-review

Abstract

Intervene – good working relationships without bullying: Evaluation of a bystander intervention

Mikkelsen, Eva Gemzøe1, Hogh, Annie2,
1Department of Psychology, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark
2Department of Psychology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark


Purpose
To evaluate a dialogue-based intervention designed to increase constructive bystander behaviour in negative social situations at work and to prevent risk situations for bullying.

Methodology
Five post intervention group interviews were conducted at a nursing home, an orphanage and a hospital department. Approx. 12 months later, four follow-up group interviews were conducted at the nursing home and the hospital. Interviews were recorded, transcribed and analysed using the method of interpretative phenomenological analysis.

Results
Post-intervention interviews indicated increased awareness of the negative consequences of passive or colluding bystander behaviour and of risk situations for bullying. Follow-up interviews at the hospital department showed that despite a lack of follow-up initiatives, the interviewees reported an increased awareness of constructive bystander behaviour. At the nursing home, the intervention’s positive effect seemed to have lasted. This was partly due to follow-up initiatives that facilitated increased cooperation and trust and employee skills in constructive communication and feedback.

Limitations
The study only included three workplaces and there were no control workplaces. As regards to documenting the effect of the interventions, base-line and follow-up quantitative data would have added to the validity of results.

Practical implications
The intervention may be used by workplaces which aim to prevent bullying.

Value
Given the paucity of research-based knowledge on prevention of bullying including bystander interventions, the study yields valuable knowledge to the field of research.

Original languageEnglish
Publication date2019
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventEuropean Congress of Work and Organizational Psychology - Centro Congressi Lingotto, Torino, Italy
Duration: 28. May 20191. Jun 2019
Conference number: 19
http://eawop2019.org/

Conference

ConferenceEuropean Congress of Work and Organizational Psychology
Number19
LocationCentro Congressi Lingotto
CountryItaly
CityTorino
Period28/05/201901/06/2019
Internet address

Cite this

Mikkelsen, E. G., & Høgh, A. (2019). Intervene – good working relationships without bullying: Evaluation of a bystander intervention. Abstract from European Congress of Work and Organizational Psychology, Torino, Italy.
Mikkelsen, Eva Gemzøe ; Høgh, Annie. / Intervene – good working relationships without bullying: Evaluation of a bystander intervention. Abstract from European Congress of Work and Organizational Psychology, Torino, Italy.
@conference{6a1832675e074cee9326cc399e91e0bc,
title = "Intervene – good working relationships without bullying: Evaluation of a bystander intervention",
abstract = "Intervene – good working relationships without bullying: Evaluation of a bystander intervention Mikkelsen, Eva Gemz{\o}e1, Hogh, Annie2, 1Department of Psychology, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark 2Department of Psychology, University of Copenhagen, DenmarkPurposeTo evaluate a dialogue-based intervention designed to increase constructive bystander behaviour in negative social situations at work and to prevent risk situations for bullying. MethodologyFive post intervention group interviews were conducted at a nursing home, an orphanage and a hospital department. Approx. 12 months later, four follow-up group interviews were conducted at the nursing home and the hospital. Interviews were recorded, transcribed and analysed using the method of interpretative phenomenological analysis.Results Post-intervention interviews indicated increased awareness of the negative consequences of passive or colluding bystander behaviour and of risk situations for bullying. Follow-up interviews at the hospital department showed that despite a lack of follow-up initiatives, the interviewees reported an increased awareness of constructive bystander behaviour. At the nursing home, the intervention’s positive effect seemed to have lasted. This was partly due to follow-up initiatives that facilitated increased cooperation and trust and employee skills in constructive communication and feedback. LimitationsThe study only included three workplaces and there were no control workplaces. As regards to documenting the effect of the interventions, base-line and follow-up quantitative data would have added to the validity of results. Practical implicationsThe intervention may be used by workplaces which aim to prevent bullying. ValueGiven the paucity of research-based knowledge on prevention of bullying including bystander interventions, the study yields valuable knowledge to the field of research.",
keywords = "Mobning, vidner",
author = "Mikkelsen, {Eva Gemz{\o}e} and Annie H{\o}gh",
year = "2019",
language = "English",
note = "null ; Conference date: 28-05-2019 Through 01-06-2019",
url = "http://eawop2019.org/",

}

Mikkelsen, EG & Høgh, A 2019, 'Intervene – good working relationships without bullying: Evaluation of a bystander intervention', European Congress of Work and Organizational Psychology, Torino, Italy, 28/05/2019 - 01/06/2019.

Intervene – good working relationships without bullying: Evaluation of a bystander intervention. / Mikkelsen, Eva Gemzøe; Høgh, Annie.

2019. Abstract from European Congress of Work and Organizational Psychology, Torino, Italy.

Research output: Contribution to conference without publisher/journalConference abstract for conferenceResearchpeer-review

TY - ABST

T1 - Intervene – good working relationships without bullying: Evaluation of a bystander intervention

AU - Mikkelsen, Eva Gemzøe

AU - Høgh, Annie

PY - 2019

Y1 - 2019

N2 - Intervene – good working relationships without bullying: Evaluation of a bystander intervention Mikkelsen, Eva Gemzøe1, Hogh, Annie2, 1Department of Psychology, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark 2Department of Psychology, University of Copenhagen, DenmarkPurposeTo evaluate a dialogue-based intervention designed to increase constructive bystander behaviour in negative social situations at work and to prevent risk situations for bullying. MethodologyFive post intervention group interviews were conducted at a nursing home, an orphanage and a hospital department. Approx. 12 months later, four follow-up group interviews were conducted at the nursing home and the hospital. Interviews were recorded, transcribed and analysed using the method of interpretative phenomenological analysis.Results Post-intervention interviews indicated increased awareness of the negative consequences of passive or colluding bystander behaviour and of risk situations for bullying. Follow-up interviews at the hospital department showed that despite a lack of follow-up initiatives, the interviewees reported an increased awareness of constructive bystander behaviour. At the nursing home, the intervention’s positive effect seemed to have lasted. This was partly due to follow-up initiatives that facilitated increased cooperation and trust and employee skills in constructive communication and feedback. LimitationsThe study only included three workplaces and there were no control workplaces. As regards to documenting the effect of the interventions, base-line and follow-up quantitative data would have added to the validity of results. Practical implicationsThe intervention may be used by workplaces which aim to prevent bullying. ValueGiven the paucity of research-based knowledge on prevention of bullying including bystander interventions, the study yields valuable knowledge to the field of research.

AB - Intervene – good working relationships without bullying: Evaluation of a bystander intervention Mikkelsen, Eva Gemzøe1, Hogh, Annie2, 1Department of Psychology, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark 2Department of Psychology, University of Copenhagen, DenmarkPurposeTo evaluate a dialogue-based intervention designed to increase constructive bystander behaviour in negative social situations at work and to prevent risk situations for bullying. MethodologyFive post intervention group interviews were conducted at a nursing home, an orphanage and a hospital department. Approx. 12 months later, four follow-up group interviews were conducted at the nursing home and the hospital. Interviews were recorded, transcribed and analysed using the method of interpretative phenomenological analysis.Results Post-intervention interviews indicated increased awareness of the negative consequences of passive or colluding bystander behaviour and of risk situations for bullying. Follow-up interviews at the hospital department showed that despite a lack of follow-up initiatives, the interviewees reported an increased awareness of constructive bystander behaviour. At the nursing home, the intervention’s positive effect seemed to have lasted. This was partly due to follow-up initiatives that facilitated increased cooperation and trust and employee skills in constructive communication and feedback. LimitationsThe study only included three workplaces and there were no control workplaces. As regards to documenting the effect of the interventions, base-line and follow-up quantitative data would have added to the validity of results. Practical implicationsThe intervention may be used by workplaces which aim to prevent bullying. ValueGiven the paucity of research-based knowledge on prevention of bullying including bystander interventions, the study yields valuable knowledge to the field of research.

KW - Mobning, vidner

M3 - Conference abstract for conference

ER -

Mikkelsen EG, Høgh A. Intervene – good working relationships without bullying: Evaluation of a bystander intervention. 2019. Abstract from European Congress of Work and Organizational Psychology, Torino, Italy.