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Title: Work, trauma and identity : a perspective from counselling psychology
Author: Shaw, Hannah
ISNI:       0000 0004 5347 3143
Awarding Body: City University London
Current Institution: City, University of London
Date of Award: 2014
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Research exploring the psychological consequences of workplace bullying has demonstrated that exposure to bullying may have devastating effects on the health and well-being of those who experience it. However, the nature of this relationship remains virtually unknown and there is an increasing call for researchers to undertake a more interpretive and individualised orientation to the bullying phenomenon. There is little research into workplace bullying from a counselling psychology perspective and yet research developing therapeutic guidelines for models of intervention with targets of workplace bullying is essential given the impact of bullying upon psych~logical health. The current study therefore aims to consider the therapeutic needs' of targets of workplace bullying by exploring how targets make sense of and give meaning to their experiences. It is hoped that this will provide insights into the ways in which workplace bullying can have detrimental psychological effects and point to potential interventions that may be utilised when working therapeutically with targets of workplace bullying. Using interpretative phenomenological analysis, the current study explores in-depth the experiences of eight self-labelled targets of workplace bullying. Semi-stlUctured interviews were undertaken to explore: how participants have experienced workplace bullying, how they have made sense of their experience, how they perceive effects on their • psychological health, how they might explain such effects, and how they have coped with their experience. The fmdings comprise of four superordinate themes: 'Bullying as a Powerful Experience' , 'Psychologiqal Consequences of Workplace Bullying', 'Impact of Workplace Bullying on Identity' and 'Coping with the Experience of Being Bullied'. These support the conceptualisation of workplace bullying as a traumatic experience with devastating impacts upon targets ' sense of self. A rich description of the participants' experiences of psychological distress following being bullied at work is presented and discussed. Implications and applications for the clinical practice of counselling psychology are subsequently highlighted.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: BF Psychology