Perceived introvert mistreatment, or the extent to which an individual perceives he or she is treated unfairly at work because he or she is introverted, is a form of workplace mistreatment that may be associated with numerous negative outcomes for the workers it impacts. Although an understanding of perceived introvert mistreatment may augment current theoretical knowledge of workplace mistreatment, researchers have yet to consider why (or if) this mistreatment exists or the effects it may have on the individual. Thus, the purpose of this paper is twofold: first, in an attempt to explain how perceived introvert mistreatment may develop and the impact it may have on the target, I develop a dynamic process model of elements that precede, follow, and compound perceived introvert mistreatment. This model encompasses a) a serial mediation process incorporating the situation, cognitive appraisals, attitudes, behavioral responses, and target outcomes that involve perceived introvert mistreatment, b) a dynamic process in which perceived introvert mistreatment, behavioral disengagement of the target, and negative behavioral reactions from others build upon each other cyclically, and c) target-based antecedents to behavioral disengagement of the mistreatment target. Second, in order to begin testing this theoretical model, I develop and validate a measure of perceived introvert mistreatment in four phases: a) item generation and reduction, b) examination of the reliability and factor structure of the scale, c) estimation of convergent and discriminant validity, and d) analyses of criterion-related validity. The paper concludes with a discussion of directions for future research.
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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
College of Sciences
Psychology; Industrial and Organizational Psychology
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McCord, Mallory, "Theory and Measurement of Perceived Introvert Mistreatment" (2017). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2004-2019. 5474.