The Mediating Role of Perceptions of Abusive Supervision in the Relationship Between Personality and Aggression

Academic Article


  • This study examines whether subordinates’ perceptions of abusive supervision mediate the relationship between subordinate personality and aggression. Results from a cross-organizational sample of 411 working adults suggest that subordinates’ perceptions of abusive supervision account for some of the variance in the relationships between subordinate Agreeableness, Emotional Stability, Extraversion, and subordinate aggression. This study suggests that social-information processing and perceptions of control found within subordinates’ personality influences whether they are more or less likely to perceive supervisory abuse. Perceptions of supervisory abuse were associated with aggression.
  • Authors

  • Brees, Jeremy
  • Mackey, Jeremy
  • Martinko, Mark
  • Harvey, Paul
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • November 2014
  • Keywords

  • abusive supervision
  • aggression
  • personality
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Start Page

  • 403
  • End Page

  • 413
  • Volume

  • 21
  • Issue

  • 4