Avoiding the issue: Disengagement coping style and the personality–CWB link

Published on Mar 14, 2016in Human Performance1.098
· DOI :10.1080/08959285.2016.1148036
Mindy K. Shoss6
Estimated H-index: 6
(UCF: University of Central Florida),
Emily M. Hunter13
Estimated H-index: 13
(Baylor University),
Lisa M. Penney12
Estimated H-index: 12
(University of South Florida Sarasota–Manatee)
ABSTRACTThe current study positions coping as a motivational framework to understand why Conscientiousness, Emotional Stability, and Agreeableness are related to the performance of organization- and person-directed counterproductive work behavior (CWB) when employees experience constraints at work. In particular, we hypothesized a moderated meditational model wherein individuals low in Agreeableness, Conscientiousness, and Emotional Stability engage in CWB because these traits contribute to a preferred style of coping with stressors (disengagement coping style) that is particularly likely to be triggered when one’s coping preferences are consistent with the coping demands of the situation. Our hypotheses were supported and point to the joint importance of personality-based coping predispositions and situational demands in determining the use of CWB as a coping strategy.
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