Workplace bullying: the case of teen workers

Loraleigh Keashly 1
  • 1 Department of Communication, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, USA


Work is an important yet understudied life domain for adolescents that has important implications for their development and well-being. Work relationships, particularly with supervisors and coworkers, are critical influences on teens. To the extent these relationships are negative, as evidenced in workplace bullying, the impact on teens can be wide-ranging and enduring. In this article, research on workplace bullying and its effects is briefly summarized and used as a context for exploring adolescent experiences with bullying on the job, both in terms of their vulnerability to exposure and unique impacts. Implications of these findings for health professionals in the assessment and treatment of teens exposed to workplace bullying are discussed.

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The International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health ( IJAMH) provides an international and interdisciplinary forum for the dissemination of new information in the field of adolescence. IJAMH covers all aspects of adolescence. The International Editorial Board is dedicated to producing a high quality scientific journal of interest to researchers and practitioners from many disciplines.