College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Theses and Dissertations

Graduation Date

12-2009

Document Type

Thesis

College/Department Conferring Degree

Psychology

Keywords

abusive supervision, social networks, bullying in the workplace, organizational support

Abstract

This paper investigates the buffering effects of organizational support on workplace aggression. This paper examined how three potential causes of workplace aggression; abusive supervision, social retaliation victimization and work retaliation victimization can be ameliorated by organizational support. Regression analysis supports that individuals who receive social support are less likely to display workplace aggression. Results also indicated while organizational support does provide a buffering effect on workplace aggression, organizational support is not a factor in whether individuals view themselves as victims of social and work retaliation. Finally, workplace retaliation victimization is a predictor of abusive supervision but social retaliation victimization is not.

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