When victims become culprits

The role of subordinates' neuroticism in the relationship between abusive supervision and workplace deviance

Patrick Raymund James M. Garcia, Lu Wang, Vinh Lu, Kohyar Kiazad, Simon Lloyd D. Restubog*

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Abstract

Drawing upon the General Aggression Model, we examined the role of subordinates' neuroticism in strengthening the relationship between abusive supervision and workplace deviance. Results revealed that Time 1 abusive supervision was positively related to Time 2 personnel records of workplace deviance measured 18. months later. Further, subordinates' neuroticism moderated this relationship. Specifically, there was a stronger positive relationship between abusive supervision and workplace deviance for employees with high as opposed to low levels of neuroticism. These findings highlight the need to account for the role of individual differences in influencing subordinates' responses to supervisor hostility. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225-229
Number of pages5
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Volume72
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • abusive supervision
  • aggression
  • individual differences
  • interpersonal behavior
  • neuroticism
  • workplace deviance

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