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The effects of manager's race and gender on participants' perceptions of bullying behavior

Mogan, Sarah M (2013) The effects of manager's race and gender on participants' perceptions of bullying behavior. Masters thesis, Radford University.

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Bullying is a wide spread phenomenon affecting people regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, or employment status. No one is completely safeguarded from falling victim to or witnessing bullying behaviors. Bullying is generally defined as repeated aggressive behaviors where there is an imbalance of power favoring the aggressor, and there is an inability for the target to properly defend him or herself (Olweus, 1980). The particular variables of interest in this research study are perceptions of workplace bullying between interactions of managers and employees, and whether gender and race have an effect on these perceptions. The gender and race of the manager as well as the gender of an employee were experimentally manipulated and presented to participants. Each participant read two scenarios, one involving overt negative feedback and one involving covert information sharing. Participants then responded to surveys and questionnaires after reading each scenario. After subsequent analysis, the results indicate that work experience influences how hurtful a manager's behavior is perceived, feeling emotionally mistreated at work influences perceptions of workplace interactions as being inappropriate, hurtful, and correcting, and a manager's gender influences perceptions of his or her behavior.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Depositing User: Sarah M Mogan
Date Deposited: 30 May 2013 18:14
Last Modified: 30 May 2013 18:14

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