Adult Bullying

Adult Bullying

Workplace bullying

In 2011 ACAS surveyed 6000 staff members and revealed 6 out of 10 public workers in the UK to examine their experiences of bullying and harassment in the workplace.

The findings suggested a strong link between the increased incidence of bullying and the slow growth of the economy, with one in four workers believing that staff cutbacks had been a direct cause of workplace bullying.

The report claimed “Job insecurity and the sluggish employment market are likely reasons why victims of bullying are increasingly reluctant to speak out or leave their jobs. The majority of those polled - 53% - said they would be too scared to raise concerns over bullying in the current climate of job and spending cuts, compared with just 25% two years ago.

LGB Adults

Henderson (2015) examined the experiences of over 7000 young adults from across England who were being followed by a longitudinal study called Next Steps. This is the only large-scale study of the bullying experiences of LGB people through schooling and adulthood.

Henderson compared whether 20 year old LGB young adults have been bullied recently and compared with the information that was captured about their bullying experiences in school.

LGB adults had a 52 per cent chance of having been bullied in the past year at age 20, in comparison to a 38 per cent chance for their heterosexual counterparts, after taking into account other characteristics that may make someone more likely to be targeted, such as gender, ethnicity, disability, or family socioeconomic background.

The author claims that “although all people are less likely to be bullied as they get older, young LGB adults remain at higher risk than their peers,” Dr Henderson explains. “These findings suggest that in order to tackle the problem, anti-bullying interventions cannot be focused only at schools and their pupils. Policymakers, employers, further education institutions and others working with young adults need to do just as much in order to challenge discrimination at all ages.”


Henderson, M. (2015) Understanding bullying experiences among sexual minority youths in England. CLS Working Paper 2015/8. London: Centre for Longitudinal Studies.