Workplace bullying in postgraduate courses: The consequences experienced by teachers and students of a Brazilian state university




Workplace bullying, Consequences, Postgraduate courses, University


Postgraduate courses provide a fertile ground for the occurrence of workplace bullying, since both teachers and students are usually overwhelmed by stressful demands and pressure, constant seek for productivism, high competitiveness, and vanity. Therefore, the consequences of this demanding environment can be even more severe, affecting health, work, studies and the private life of the professional. Thus, this article aims to identify the consequences of workplace bullying in students and teachers from stricto sensupostgraduate courses in a Brazilian state university. This research was a descriptive case study, and used a mixed approach. Data was collected through an online questionnaire (126 answers) and follow-up interviews (7), which were analyzed through content analysis technique. As a result, it was possible to perceive that there were consequences to mental health (anger, anxiety, low self-esteem, depression), physical health (loss of hair, weight gain, trembling), relational/affective (withdrawal/loss of friends, marital conflict), and work/study (disappointment with academia, increased workload, willingness to drop out of the postgraduate course). The findings indicate that the topic should be further investigated due to its destructive nature. Furthermore, the study suggests the elaboration of effective actions to prevent and combat workplace bullying.



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Author Biographies

Thiago Soares Nunes, Centro Universitário UNA

Professor do Mestrado Profissional em Administração do Centro Universitário UNA. Pós-Doutorado em Administração pela Universidade Estadual de Maringá (2018). Doutor em Administração pela Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (2016), com período sanduíche no Departamento de Psicologia Social da Universidade Autônoma de Barcelona (UAB/Espanha). Mestre em Administração pela UFSC (2011). Especialista em Gestão de Pessoas nas Organizações pela UFSC (2008). Graduação em Administração pela UFSC (2007).

Eliana Marcia Martins Fittipaldi Torga, Centro Universitário Una

Doutora e Mestre em Administração pela Faculdade de Ciências Econômicas da Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, graduação em Psicologia - Instituto Cultural Newton de Paiva Ferreira. Pós-graduada em Psicologia Hospitalar e Intervenção em Emergências em Sevilha, Espanha. Professora Adjunta do Centro Universitário Una. Docente do Programa de Mestrado Profissional em Administração.



How to Cite

Nunes, T. S., & Torga, E. M. M. F. (2020). Workplace bullying in postgraduate courses: The consequences experienced by teachers and students of a Brazilian state university. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 28, 11.



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