Relational aggression: A precursor to workplace bullying?
This was a quantative study to investigate the possibility of relationships between relational aggression as a youth and bullying in the workplace
Workplace aggression, in the form of bullying, increases every year. This form o "non-violent" aggression, typically referred to as relational aggression, has its roots in our biology and our social constructs. Researchers have studied and provided interventions, but with little success. One reason for lack of progress may be a lack of understanding of the possible fact that some individuals attach a positive value to relational aggression, as has been suggested by earlier research. If there is a positive aspect to nonviolent aggression, then interventions to stop such bullying may be unsuccessful, which is the result typically seen in school intervention programs. Equally important, if there is a positive aspect to non-violent aggression, that behavior may continue into adulthood and express itself in the workplace. Workplace statistics suggest that this is the case as workplace aggression and bullying continues to increase and is a significant issue in some industries, such as healthcare. Organizational leadership may also be a catalyst for positive perceptions of relational aggression. This study focuses on an attempt to clarify positive and negative associations of relational (non-violent) aggression to the independent variables of gender, socioeconomic status, and ethnicity. Administration of a Likert-type survey and an analysis of variance (ANOVA) of the independent variables is presented.
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