Prevalence of workplace bullying and risk groups in Chinese employees in Hong Kong

Sau Man Catalina NG, Chun Wa CHAN

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Abstract

Most studies on workplace bullying have been conducted in high-income countries and on Caucasian samples. Little is known about workplace bullying in Asian countries despite its recognition as a serious public health issue in the workplace. We examined the annual and lifetime prevalence of workplace bullying and its risk factors among Chinese employees in Hong Kong. The study was part of a larger project consisting of two waves. Respondents were recruited from a convenience sampling technique and completed a self-reported survey. Respondents reported whether they had been bullied at work for the past 12 months and during their lifetime. A multivariate logistic regression was conducted to explore the sociodemographic risk factors for workplace bullying. There were a total of 2657 respondents (54.6% male), with a mean age of 41.53 years. The annual and lifetime prevalence of workplace bullying were 39.1% and 58.9%, respectively. Multivariate analyses showed that workplace bullying in the past 12 months was associated with a high monthly income, and the combination of a high monthly income and higher educational attainment was associated with bullying at some point in the participants’ career. Suitable policies and interventions to reduce the extent of workplace bullying in Hong Kong are warranted. Copyright © 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.
Original languageEnglish
Article number329
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume18
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jan 2021

Citation

Ng, C. S. M., & Chan, V. C. W. (2021). Prevalence of workplace bullying and risk groups in Chinese employees in Hong Kong. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(1). Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18010329

Keywords

  • Workplace bullying
  • Prevalence
  • Sociodemographic variables
  • Epidemiology
  • Chinese employees

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