Emotional Anguish at Work: The Mediating Role of Perceived Rejection on Workgroup Mistreatment and Affective Outcomes

Nikki L. Penhaligon, Winnifred R. Louis, Simon Lloyd D. Restubog

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Abstract

In this study, the authors pay particular attention to mistreatment directed toward an organizational member from fellow workgroup members. The study contributes to the growing body of literature that examines the mistreatment of employees in the workplace. The authors propose that mistreatment by the workgroup would contribute to feelings of rejection, over and above mistreatment by the supervisor. In addition, the authors tested the mediating role of perceived rejection between workgroup mistreatment and affective outcomes such as depression and organization-based self-esteem. Part-time working participants (N = 142) took part in the study, which required them to complete a questionnaire on workplace behaviors. Results indicated that workgroup mistreatment contributed additional variance to perceived rejection over and above supervisory mistreatment when predicting depression and organization-based self-esteem. The results also indicated that perceived rejection mediates the relationship between mistreatment and affective outcomes. Results are discussed and implications for research and practice are considered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)34-45
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of occupational health psychology
Volume14
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • depression
  • organization-based self-esteem
  • rejection
  • workgroup mistreatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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