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Resist or avoid? Sad study suggests bullying victims are on their own either way

22 February 2017

New research looks at the factors which dispose a bystander against bullying victims, and what might encourage them to step in and help.

Workplace bullying can corrode organisations and wreck individual lives, but little research has been done into the effects of the third ingredient in the bullying mix - the bystander.

New research in the Journal of Social Psychology has looked to change this, presenting 161 working adults in the Netherlands with a hypothetical workplace vignette involving bullying.

The participants were cast as bystanders to the situations and the researchers predicted that they would have a more negative view of the victim who looked to avoid the situation rather than act proactively, but this turned out not to be the case - bystanders were no more likely to step in to help the proactive victim.

Read more on our Research Digest blog.

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