Negative workplace behaviour: temporal associations with cardiovascular outcomes and psychological health problems in Australian police

Michelle R. Tuckey, Maureen F. Dollard, Judith Saebel, Narelle M. Berry

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Negative workplace behaviour, such as workplace bullying, is emerging as an important work-related psychosocial hazard with the potential to contribute to employee ill health. We examined the risk of two major health issues (poor mental and cardiovascular health) associated with current and past exposure to negative behaviour in the workplace. Data from 251 police officers, who completed an anonymous mail survey at two time-points spaced 12 months apart, support the potential role of exposure to negative workplace behaviour in the development of physical disease and psychological illness. Specifically, we saw significant effects associated with past exposure to such behaviour on indicators of poor cardiovascular health, and a significant effect of current exposure on the indicator of mental health problems. Our findings reinforce the need to continue to study links between employee health and both negative workplace behaviour and more severe cases of bullying, particularly the mechanisms involved to strengthen theory in this area, and to protect against employee ill health (specifically cardiovascular outcomes and psychological problems) by preventing negative behaviour at work. Copyright (C) 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)372-381
Number of pages10
JournalStress and Health
Issue number5
Early online date1 Feb 2010
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2010


  • negative workplace behaviour
  • workplace bullying
  • cardiovascular disease
  • mental illness
  • psychosocial hazards
  • occupational stress
  • police

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