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An empirical investigation of the relationship among forms of workplace mistreatment.

Authors
Walsh-BM; Magley-VJ
Source
Violence Vict 2014 Mar-Apr; 29(2):363-379
NIOSHTIC No.
20044358
Abstract
Organizational researchers argue that workplace mistreatment scholarship is hampered because of the wide variety of constructs studied. To investigate this concern, we conducted an item-level analysis of the relationship among workplace mistreatment experiences to assess construct overlap. Employed students reported how similar 17 mistreatment experiences were to one another (i.e., from measures of sexual harassment, generalized harassment, and incivility) and subject matter experts indicated the degree to which each experience represented several dimensions including Buss's (1961) dimensions (i.e., verbal/physical, active/passive, and direct/indirect) and others (i.e., sexual/ nonsexual and intentional/accidental). Nonsexual forms of mistreatment (i.e., generalized harassment and incivility) were perceived similarly despite their different conceptual definitions, whereas sexual harassment experiences were relatively distinct. Implications of the findings are discussed.
Keywords
Workers; Work-environment; Force; Behavior; Physical-stress; Physical-reactions; Physiological-effects; Physiological-stress; Physiology; Author Keywords: generalized harassment; sexual harassment; workplace aggression; workplace incivility; workplace mistreatment
Publication Date
20140301
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2014
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-T01-OH-008610; M052014
Issue of Publication
2
ISSN
0886-6708
Source Name
Violence and Victims
State
CT
Performing Organization
University of Connecticut - Storrs-Mansfield
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