The negative effect of external whistleblowing: a study of some key factors

Lewis, David B. ORCID: and Park, Heungsik (2018) The negative effect of external whistleblowing: a study of some key factors. The Social Science Journal, 55 (4) . pp. 387-395. ISSN 0362-3319 (doi:10.1016/j.soscij.2018.04.002)

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Blowing the whistle is a pro-social behaviour which can be highly effective in the sense that wrongdoing is corrected without any adverse consequences for the person alleging or reporting it. It is also risky and can cost whistleblowers their jobs and economic security as well as physical health and mental well-being. The purpose of this study was to identify the negative health effects—physical, behavioral, emotional, and mental—of whistleblowing and to examine the impact on these effects of dismissal, number of employees who blew the whistle in a group, income, and the passage of time. We statistically analysed survey data from external whistleblowers who had been identified by the news media in South Korea. This research differs from previous studies that explored the negative health effects of whistleblowing but did not distinguish between internal and external reporting. Our study contributes to the literature on the negative health effects experienced by whistleblowers and has implications for how to better protect them.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Journal transferred from Elsevier to Taylor & Francis as of 2020
Research Areas: A. > School of Law > Law and Politics
Item ID: 24246
Notes on copyright: © 2018 Elsevier Ltd. This author's accepted manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND license
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Depositing User: Dave Lewis
Date Deposited: 10 May 2018 16:37
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2020 07:12

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