Why Nurses Commit Suicide. Mobbing in Health Care Institutions

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The first English translation of the seminal work of Dr. Heinz Leymann. The term workplace mobbing, or the ganging up of peers and managers against a workmate, was conceptualized by a single scientist, Heinz Leymann in his research to identify a distinct form of collective workplace aggression that has now opened the door to specialization in the field of mobbing and laid the groundwork for its subsequent policies and laws governing human resource management departments globally.


“Whoever would understand workplace mobbing, its nature, correlates, antecedents and consequences, can now access the founding scientist’s views in the main language of the scientific world…serious students of mobbing can henceforth read the foundational concepts and hypotheses in their original formulation – so to speak, from the horse’s mouth.”
-Dr. Kenneth Westhues,
General Editor
The Leymann Translation Project

Table of Contents

Preface. The Leymann Translation Project, by Kenneth Westhues
Authors’ Note to Readers outside Sweden, and Dedication
Chapter 1.
Working Life: A Central Manifestation of Life
Chapter 2. Existing Knowledge about Work-Related Suicides
Epidemiological Studies
Connection Study 1: Situations in Working Life and Suicide
Connected Study 2: Suicidal Thoughts in Nurses
Qualitative Experiences
The Picture of Mental Strain during Rejection
Permanent Personality Changes as a Consequence of Extreme Stress
A Summary of the Existing Knowledge
Chapter 3. A Presentation of the Research
Chapter 4. A Theoretical Background for our Results
A Phase Model of Mobbing and Elimination Processes, International Research
A Phase Model According to the Whistleblower Research
Attribution Research within Psychology, Blaming the Victim
Work Environmental Studies within Healthcare and the Swedish Legislation
“Should Be” Situations according to Swedish Law
“Are” Inventories about Nurses
SHSTF’s Response
NSO’s Studies
A Summary and Comparison between “Should Be” and “Is”
Chapter 5. Case Studies
Sarah’s Golgatha – An Occupational-Social Anamnesis
Union Handling of a Mobbing Case
Poorly Treated at the Workplace – Hung Out in the Media
A Discussion based on the Three Case Studies
Why Suicide?
Chapter 6. Suicide Prevention in Working Life – a Basis for Discussion
The National Council on Suicide Prevention
Special Possibilities for Suicide Prevention in Working Life
The Swedish Regulations and their Shortcomings:
Suggestions for Suicide Prevention in Working Life
A Final Word About Suicide Prevention
Appendix. An Exemplary Company Policy for an Anti-Mobbing Agreement

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