Evelyn Field (Australia)
1. a) There are pockets of professional interest but little else, the main one is the International Association on Workplace Bullying and Harassment apart from yours. We have a small research interest group in Australia, under guidance of Carlo Caponechio.
1. c) This is what we need, but it will take years before bullying is truly recognized.
2. We need better research to help targets, victims, employers, human resources, mental health professionals, families, the economy. We need more websites to inform the public and professionals and researchers.
3. Bullying is bad because it injures people ( and productivity, although no employer seems to care) thus we should begin with doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists.
We should encourage them to undertake training to provide appropriate treatment ( I am doing this with psychologists in Australia) and do further research into the physical, psychological, cognitive, social and personality injuries caused by bullying.
We need to understand how and where a person’s brain is injured by bullying and the appropriate treatments to provide healing.
Then other researchers, employers , unions, etc will realize why bullying is bad and what needs to be done about it.