Beyond Blaming the Victim: Toward a More Progressive Understanding of Workplace Mistreatment

  title={Beyond Blaming the Victim: Toward a More Progressive Understanding of Workplace Mistreatment},
  author={L. Cortina and V. C. Rabelo and Kathryn J. Holland},
  journal={Industrial and Organizational Psychology},
  pages={81 - 100}
Theories of human aggression can inform research, policy, and practice in organizations. One such theory, victim precipitation, originated in the field of criminology. According to this perspective, some victims invite abuse through their personalities, styles of speech or dress, actions, and even their inactions. That is, they are partly at fault for the wrongdoing of others. This notion is gaining purchase in industrial and organizational (I-O) psychology as an explanation for workplace… Expand
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  • Suzette Caleo
  • Psychology
  • Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • 2018
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