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MobbingCauses, Consequences, and Solutions$
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Maureen Duffy and Len Sperry

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780195380019

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195380019.001.0001

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Understanding and Defining Mobbing

Understanding and Defining Mobbing

(p.38) 3 Understanding and Defining Mobbing

Maureen Duffy

Len Sperry

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides comprehensive definitions for both school mobbing and workplace mobbing and distinguishes “mobbing” from the more commonly used term “bullying.” A conceptual framework for understanding bullying and mobbing as occurring along a continuum related to the degree of involvement of group and organizational dynamics and to the severity of the negative consequences for the victims is presented. It is proposed that mobbing and bullying represent different forms of interpersonal aggression. Negative acts or aggressive behaviors directed toward a target, the duration of the negative acts, intent to do harm, power imbalance, organizational involvement, and negative consequences for victims related to health, welfare, and job are key definitional elements that are emphasized differentially depending upon whether the term “bullying” or “mobbing” is used. In this chapter, each of these key definitional elements is presented and examined.

Keywords:   definitions, school mobbing, workplace mobbing, bullying, group dynamics, organizational involvement, intent to harm, victims, negative acts, negative consequences

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