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Books, journals and articles on bullying and stress 1992-present

There is no excuse for not knowing about bullying, and for not knowing that bullying causes injury to health, and for not knowing that prolonged bullying drives targets of bullying to suicide. This page lists some of the early published work on workplace bullying and injury to health.

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Before 1992
Heinz Leymann
After 1992
Books | Publications | Journal articles
Newspapers and magazines
Web sites | Media
HSE quote


Heinz Leyman, see


1992 - the seminal work

Bullying at work: how to confront and overcome it, Andrea Adams, Virago, 1992, ISBN 185381542X


Why zebras don't get ulcers: a guide to stress, stress-related diseases, and coping, Robert M Sapolsky, Freeman, 1994, ISBN 0716727188


Recovering damages for psychiatric injury, M Napier & K Wheat, Blackstone Press

Understanding stress breakdown, Dr William Wilkie, Millennium Books, 1995

Understanding stress, V Sutherland & C Cooper, Chapman and Hall


Bully in sight: how to predict, resist, challenge and combat workplace bullying, Tim Field, Success Unlimited, 1996, ISBN 0952912104. [Reader feedback | Order Online]

Bullying: from backyard to boardroom, McCarthy-Sheehan-Wilkie (Eds), Millennium Books, 1996, ISBN 1-86429-049-8

Stress and employer liability, Earnshaw & Cooper, IPD, 1996, updated and republished 2001


Work abuse: how to recognize and survive it, Wyatt & Hare, Schenkman Books, 1997, $19.95, ISBN 0870471090

Corporate Hyenas at Work! How to spot and outwit them by being Hyenawise, Susan Marais and Magriet Herman, Kagiso Publishers, November 1997, R75.00, ISBN 0798648856.

Adult bullying: perpetrators and victims, Peter Randall, Routledge, 1997


Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: the invisible injury, David Kinchin, Success Unlimited, 1998, ISBN 0952912112. David Kinchin's book has been republished twice since 1998. [Latest edition | Order the latest copy]


Bullycide: death at playtime, an expose of child suicide caused by bullying, Neil Marr and Tim Field, Success Unlimited, 2001, ISBN 0952912120



MSF (Manufacturing, Science and Finance union) conference proceedings Bullying at Work: Confronting the problem


MSF booklet Bullying at Work: a guide for representatives and members, free to MSF members, £10 to non-members: for a copy send a cheque or postal order for £10 to: MSF Health & Safety Office, Whitehall College, Dane O'Coys Road, Bishop's Stortford, Herts CM23 2JN, or contact MSF Central Office, 33-37 Moreland Street, London EC1V 8BB, Tel 0171 505 3000

Stress at work: a guide for employers, HSE Books, ISBN 071760733X


NASUWT teaching union’s No Place To Hide: Confronting Workplace Bullies. Free to members, available for a nominal postage and packing charge to non-members; send a cheque or postal order for (say) £2 to: NASUWT, Hillscourt Education Centre, Rednal, Birmingham B45 8RS, UK, Tel 0121 453 6150, Fax 0121 457 6208/9

Journal articles


European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology (EJWOP), 1996, 5(2), whole issue devoted to bullying and its effects, including PTSD. Published by Psychology Press, 27 Church Road, Hove, East Sussex BN3 2FA, UK. (Psychology Press is a division of Taylor and Francis)


British Journal of Psychiatry, (1997), 170, 199-201, The 'glucocorticoid cascade' hypothesis in man: prolonged stress may cause permanent brain damage, Dr John T O'Brien MRCPsych, Department of Psychiatry and Institute for the Health of the Elderly, University of Newcastle. Correspondence: Dr John T O'Brien, Castleside Unit, Institute for the Health of the Elderly, Newcastle General Hospital, Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE4 6BE, UK, Fax 0191 219 5040.

The bully at work, Tim Field, Welfare World (journal for counsellors and welfare officers), four-part series starting in Issue 3, early summer 1997. Welfare World, Suite 334, 78 Marylebone High Street, London W1M 3DE, Fax 01235 769272.

Bullying in the workplace, Tolley's Health and Safety at Work, July/August 1997

The cause of stress revealed, Tim Field, Tolley's Health and Safety at Work, Nov/Dec 1997

Newspapers and magazines


The drip-drip-drip despair that slowly destroys lives, Mark Whitehead, Times Educational Supplement (TES) School Management Update, 10 May1996


Bring the bullies to book, Elizabeth Holmes, Times Educational Supplement (TES) First Appointments, 24 October 1997

There's only one way of dealing with the office bully, right?, Kate Hilpern writing in the Independent (p2 City+), 19 November 1997

Toxic Office Syndrome, Zest, July/August 1997

It's not only kids who get bullied, Woman's Realm, 16 September 1997

Bullying doesn't end at school, Prima, September 1997


Too old to be bullied? Think again..., 19 magazine, January 1998

How to handle a toxic boss, XL magazine, January/February 1998


Research from Warwick University, England, says verbal abuse can be worse than physical bullying and  identifies bullying as a cause of PTSD:


Bullied workers show same symptoms as those in a war zone:

Internet web site


The world’s leading Internet web site devoted to workplace bullying, Bully OnLine at Bully Online, went online in January 1998.

There are over 400 pages, including stress/ptsd.htm which identifies Complex PTSD as the psychiatric injury caused by the prolonged negative stress as a result of bullying. Tim Field believes he is the first person to identify and list the differences between mental illness and psychiatric injury.

The page at workbully/serial.htm profiles of the serial bully. Tim Field believes he is is the first person to have profiled the serial bully and identified the four most common subtypes of serial bully - the Attention-Seeker, the Wannabe, the Guru and the Sociopath.


In August 1997 BBC Education produced a booklet Bullying: a Survival Guide to accompany their television series on bullying. For a copy, contact BBC Education.

There's been a great deal of coverage of bullying by the media. To see Tim Field's contributions to radio and TV programmes on workplace bullying click here.

HSE quote

"Poor management is a major cause of stress."
Dr Peter Graham, Head of Health Directorate, UK Health & Safety Executive, 24 September 1998

Where now?
Lots of information and ideas for tackling bullying including the legal aspects
Action Home Page | Action to tackle bullying
Guidance for employers on policy development
Bullying and the trade unions | Bullying and the law
Case law on bullying, harassment, stress and personal injury
Court judgements in cases relevant to bullying
Long v. Mercury Mobile Communications Services
Hatton Barber et al: 16 practical propositions for a personal injury case
Right to be accompanied | The need for risk assessment
High Court injunction to prevent unfair dismissal | Obstruction to justice
Bullyonline action forum for validation and re-empowerment
UK Dignity at Work Bill | Swedish law on Victimization at Work
Bullying and human rights | Waters v. London Metropolitan Police
Barber v. Somerset County Council
Zimmerman: retaliation in the US courts
Bullying history: books, articles and publications since 1992
How to lobby your MP: example letter and summary of inadequacy of UK law
Amicus Campaign Against Bullying At Work (CABAW)
Tim Field's written submission to the Dignity at Work Bill debate
Getting another job after bullying | How to recover from bullying
Setting up a bullying survivor support group | Sample support group constitution
Using the search engines to find other sites on bullying etc
Dealing with viruses, worms, spam etc
Designing and building your own web site
Advice and guidance for new Internet users
Tim Field's book Bully in sight validates the experience of bullying and
defines the injury to health caused by bullying and harassment

Home Pages
The Field Foundation | Bully OnLine
Workplace bullying | School bullying | Family bullying
Bullying news | Press and media centre
Bullying case histories | Bullying resources
Stress and PTSD
Action to tackle bullying | Related issues

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Books on bullying and psychiatric injury