From the Academy Ethics in Practice| Volume 119, ISSUE 8, P1383-1387, August 2019

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Managing Adult Bullying Behavior in the Professional Domain

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      Bullying behavior in the workplace refers to persistent and deliberate actions that result in the control or harm of a target. According to a survey commissioned by the Workplace Bullying Institute, nearly 20% of Americans have suffered abusive conduct at work, and just as many individuals have witnessed this disruptive behavior happening to others.
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      The consequences of workplace bullying for both victims and witnesses are significant and may include increased mental health distress and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
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      Workplace bullying tied to higher risk of heart problems Reuters Health News. November 19, 2018.
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      T. Peregrin is an editor and writer for a Chicago-based medical association and a freelance writer in Chicago, IL.