n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Workplace bullying in schools : who are being victimised?

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Workplace bullying (WPB) is a complex phenomenon that impacts on an organisation's productivity. In the context of schools, WPB of educators thus has the potential to impact on the quality of education in a country; yet research on the bullying of educators by their colleagues is scant. In order to address the problem in schools, not only do we need to understand the phenomenon, but we also need to be aware of who the likely victims are. This study aims to provide some understanding of the differences in the experiences of educators in various biographical categories. Using Bronfenbrenner's ecosystems theory as a theoretical lens, the information obtained from a sample of 999 educators who took part in a survey, indicated that male educators are more likely to be targeted than female educators. Educators teaching in schools in informal settlements of South Africa also seem to be more vulnerable to bullying. These and other insights gained in this study, can contribute to a better comprehension of the phenomenon, which is a prerequisite for addressing WPB in schools.


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