Relationships between mobbing at work and MMPI-2 personality profile, posttraumatic stress symptoms, and suicidal ideation and behavior

Violence Vict. 2009;24(1):52-67. doi: 10.1891/0886-6708.24.1.52.


This study investigates the relationships between the experience of mobbing at work and personality traits and symptom patterns as assessed by means of the revised version of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI-2). Participants were 107 workers who had contacted mental health services because they perceived themselves as victims of mobbing. In line with previous research, the results showed that the MMPI-2 mean profile was characterized by a neurotic component as evidenced by elevations of Scales 1, 2, and 3 and a paranoid component as indicated by elevation of Scale 6. Contrary to previous research, a pattern of positive and significant correlations was found between the frequency of exposure to mobbing behaviors and the MMPI-2 clinical, supplementary, and content scales, including the posttraumatic stress scale. Only about half the participants showed a severity of posttraumatic stress symptoms indicative of a posttraumatic stress disorder. The frequency of exposure to mobbing predicted suicidal ideation and behavior, with depression only partially mediating this relationship.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aggression / psychology*
  • Crime Victims / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • MMPI
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Occupational Diseases / psychology
  • Personality Assessment / statistics & numerical data
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Social Environment
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / diagnosis
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / psychology*
  • Suicide / psychology*
  • Workplace