Abusive supervision, psychological distress, and silence: the effects of gender dissimilarity between supervisors and subordinates

Park, Joon Hyung and Carter, Min Z. and DeFrank, Richard S. and Deng, Qianwen (2016) Abusive supervision, psychological distress, and silence: the effects of gender dissimilarity between supervisors and subordinates. Journal of Business Ethics . ISSN 0167-4544

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Abstract

Previous research has shed light on the detrimental effects of abusive supervision. To extend this area of research, we draw upon conservation of resources theory to propose (a) a causal relationship between abusive supervision and psychological distress, (b) a mediating role of psychological distress on the relationship between abusive supervision and employee silence, and (c) a moderating effect of the supervisor–subordinate relational context (i.e., gender dissimilarity) on the mediating effect of abusive supervision on silence. Through an experimental study (Study 1), we found the causal path linking abusive supervision and psychological distress. Results of both the experimental study and a field study (Study 2) provided evidence that psychological distress mediated the relationship between abusive supervision and silence. Lastly, we found support that this mediation effect was contingent upon the relational context in Study 2 but not in Study 1. We discuss implications for theory and practice.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10551-016-3384-3
Keywords: Abusive supervision; Psychological distress; Gender dissimilarity; Silence
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham Ningbo China > Faculty of Business > Nottingham University Business School China
Identification Number: 10.1007/s10551-016-3384-3
Depositing User: LIN, Zhiren
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2017 08:04
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2017 09:58
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/47753

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