Incivility as a function of workplace favoritism and employee impulsivity

by Roberts, Sara J., M.A., UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA AT OMAHA, 2009, 106 pages; 1462135


The purpose of the present study is to examine the effects of workplace favoritism and employee impulsivity on incivility. Approximately 200 participants were randomly assigned to one of two favoritism conditions before completing measures of incivility and impulsivity. Measures assessing incivility included the Uncivil Workplace Behavior Questionnaire (Martin & Hine, 2005), the Instigated Workplace Incivility Measure (Blau & Andersson, 2005), and the Interpersonal Deviance Scale (Bennett & Robinson, 2000). The UPPS Impulsive Behavior Scale (Whiteside & Lynam, 2001) was used to assess impulsivity. I proposed an interaction between favoritism and impulsivity on incivility such that participants assigned to the favoritism condition would report a higher likelihood of engaging in uncivil activities than participants assigned to the no favoritism condition, especially for those participants who were high in impulsivity. Results supported the main effects of workplace favoritism and employee impulsivity on incivility; however, the proposed interaction was not supported.

AdviserLisa L. Scherer
Source TypeThesis
SubjectsOccupational psychology
Publication Number1462135

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