Impact of Workplace Bullying Amongst First Responders- Systematic Review


Impact of Workplace Bullying Amongst First Responders- Systematic Review


Walker, JM. and Stones, A.

North Central University


Psychiatric Research and Reviews1

The phenomenon of workplace bullying is pervasive and exposure to bullying leads to long-term, systemic and individual negative impacts to targets of bullying and the organizations in which they work. Multiple studies confirm that workplace bullying is associated with psychological trauma and serious negative long-term outcomes for targets including mental health disorders and in extreme cases suicide. Emergency service organizations by design are hierarchical in nature, creating power structures that can lead to increased potential for bullying. The literature shows that first responders who work in emergency service organizations report rates of workplace bullying at upwards of 60% (six times the National average). The prevalence of workplace bullying amongst first responders, given their already high stress jobs, along with the long term negative impacts to a targets health, mental health and wellbeing are significant and constitute a serious crisis within the emergency services community.


Keywords: workplace bullying, first responders, law enforcement, mental health, depression, anxiety, suicide


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Walker, JM. and Stones, A.. Impact of Workplace Bullying Amongst First Responders – Systematic Review. International Journal of Psychological Research and Reviews, 2020, 3:24. DOI: 10.28933/ijprr-2020-01-1205


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