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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor's Name

Chockalingam Viswesvaran

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Second Advisor's Name

Valentina Bruk-Lee

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Third Advisor's Name

Stefany Coxe

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Fourth Advisor's Name

Karl G. Kroeck

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abusive supervision, moral courage, spousal undermining, retaliation

Date of Defense



My study investigated the effects of abusive supervision on work and family outcomes including supervisor-directed and organization-directed deviance and spousal undermining. Using a moderated-mediation model, the relationship of abusive supervision on outcome variables was proposed to be mediated by moral courage and moderated by leader-member exchange (a-path) and work and family role quality (b-path). Two separate studies were conducted using a sample (N=200) recruited through Amazon’s Mechanical Turk and through relatives of students at a large US public southeastern university (N=150 dyads). Results confirm the effects of abusive supervision on work and family outcomes while analyses of contextual and conditional factors are mixed. Confirmatory factor analyses, factor loadings, and model fit statistics are provided and implications for research and practice are discussed.





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