Mobbing behaviors encountered by nurse teaching staff

Nurs Ethics. 2007 Jul;14(4):447-63; discussion 463-5. doi: 10.1177/0969733007077879.


The term 'mobbing' is defined as antagonistic behaviors with unethical communication directed systematically at one individual by one or more individuals in the workplace. This cross-sectional and descriptive study was conducted for the purpose of determining the mobbing behaviors encountered by nursing school teaching staff in Turkey, its effect on them, and their responses to them. A large percentage (91%) of the nursing school employees who participated in this study reported that they had encountered mobbing behaviors in the institution where they work and 17% that they had been directly exposed to mobbing in the workplace. The academic staff who had been exposed to mobbing behaviors experienced various physiological, emotional and social reactions. They frequently 'worked harder and [were] more organized and worked very carefully to avoid criticism' to escape from mobbing. In addition, 9% of the participants stated that they 'thought about suicide occasionally'.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Adult
  • Agonistic Behavior / ethics
  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Burnout, Professional / psychology
  • Communication*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Faculty, Nursing* / organization & administration
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations* / ethics
  • Middle Aged
  • Negativism
  • Nursing Methodology Research
  • Occupational Health
  • Personality
  • Professional Competence
  • Self Concept
  • Social Behavior*
  • Social Isolation
  • Suicide / psychology
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Trust
  • Turkey
  • Verbal Behavior / ethics
  • Workplace / organization & administration
  • Workplace / psychology*