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Do negative acts in Italian academia have a quadratic relationship with determinants of health?

Salvatore Fadda (Department of Prevention, Health and Safety (SPPIS), University of Sassari, Sassari, Italy)
Gabriele Giorgi (Department of Psychology, European, University of Rome, Rome, Italy)
Juan Luis Benitez Muñoz (Department of Evolutionary Psychology, University of Granada, Granada, Spain)
Fernando Justicia Justicia (Department of Evolutionary Psychology, University of Granada, University of Granada, Spain)
Giuliana Solinas (Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Sassari, Sassari, Italy)

International Journal of Educational Management

ISSN: 0951-354X

Article publication date: 9 March 2015

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the prevalence of workplace bullying in an Italian university.

Design/methodology/approach

More than 200 workers have completed the Italian version of the Negative Acts Questionnaire and the General Health Questionnaire.

Findings

The results show a spread of low to medium negative actions in the specific setting. In addition, the effects of negative actions on health are less serious than believed by most of the studies on workplace bullying.

Originality/value

In particular, a quadratic regression model appears to be more appropriate than a linear model.

Keywords

Citation

Fadda, S., Giorgi, G., Benitez Muñoz, J.L., Justicia Justicia, F. and Solinas, G. (2015), "Do negative acts in Italian academia have a quadratic relationship with determinants of health?", International Journal of Educational Management, Vol. 29 No. 2, pp. 158-166. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJEM-06-2013-0097

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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