2004
Volume 20, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 0921-5077
  • E-ISSN: 1875-7235

Abstract

Is a parallel hierarchy in hospitals related to mobbing among nurses?

Is a parallel hierarchy in hospitals related to mobbing among nurses?

G. Notelaers, H. De Witte & L. Demets, Gedrag & Organisatie, volume 20, June 2007, nr. 2, pp. 160-175

Leymann (1996) hypothesized that the parallel hierarchy in hospitals causes mobbing at work. He suggests that a parallel hierarchy creates role conflicts and role ambiguity. These stressors in turn result in mobbing at work among nurses. These hypotheses are tested in this study, in which we also test the assumption that role problems mediate the relationship between the parallel hierarchy and mobbing. Data (N=519) are gathered among nurses from two wards (surgery versus nursing after surgery), which differ strongly regarding the existence of a parallel hierarchy. Various models are compared and tested via Lisrel. The model, in which partial mediation is suggested, fits the data best. The relationship between a parallel hierarchy and mobbing is partly mediated by role problems. Especially role conflicts are relevant, even though also role ambiguity plays an indirect role. A parallel hierarchy has also a limited direct impact on mobbing. The results show that mobbing is primarily related to role conflicts.

 

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