Workplace bullying and quality of life: The moderating role of proactrive coping

Date of Publication


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Psychology Major in Clinical Psychology

Subject Categories



College of Liberal Arts



Thesis Adviser

Homer J. Yabut

Defense Panel Chair

Maria Caridad H. Tarroja

Defense Panel Member

Hector M. Perez
Darren E. Dumaop


This study investigated the nature and prevalence of workplace bullying among 186 government, service and healthcare employees as well as examined whether workplace bullying and proactive coping and their interaction can significantly predict the quality of life of the employees. Using the Leymann Criterion, the prevalence of workplace bullying was estimated among the participants suggesting that 23.1% of them have experienced negativity at work. The widely reported form or nature of workplace bullying experiences are being withheld from information that affects their performance, being given tasks with unreasonable or impossible targets or deadlines, excessive monitoring of work, being ordered to perform below the level of competence, and spreading rumors or gossips. Likewise, hypotheses postulating that workplace bullying and proactive coping can significantly predict quality of life were supported by the results of the study. However, the interaction of the said variables did not significantly predict the quality of life of the participants. This was possible because both victims and non-victims of workplace bullying adapted to their day to day experiences using proactive coping. Moreover, victims of workplace bullying, perceived the said unfavorable treatments not as threats but mere challenges to overcome. As a result, they are likely to push themselves to the edge with regard to their occupational endeavors thereby compromising their quality of life.

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Archives, The Learning Commons, 12F Henry Sy Sr. Hall

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1 computer optical disc ; 4 3/4 in.


Bullying in the workplace

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