Propensity to perceive abusive supervision: Development of an affective trait-based measure

Paul Harvey, Frank Butler, Jeremy Brees

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Recent studies suggest that some employees are more apt to perceive abusive supervision than others, such as employees with high levels of psychological entitlement and those with hostile attributional biases (Brees, Martinko, & Harvey, 2016; Harvey, Harris, Gillis, & Martinko, 2014; Martinko, Harvey, Sikora, & Douglas, 2011; Wu & Hu, 2009). These studies share the premise that identical or similar supervisory behavior may be perceived as abusive by one subordinate and nonabusive by another. This may be particularly relevant in the case of supervisor behavior that is critical or punitive in nature. For example, one employee might view a critical performance evaluation as a personal insult whereas another might view the same feedback as constructive.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationUnderstanding the High Performance Workplace
Subtitle of host publicationThe Line Between Motivation and Abuse
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781317626237
ISBN (Print)9781138801059
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Economics, Econometrics and Finance
  • General Business, Management and Accounting
  • General Psychology


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