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Combining Dispositions and Evaluations of Vocation and Job to Account for Counterproductive Work Behavior in Adolescent Job Apprentices

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Combining Dispositions and Evaluations of Vocation and Job to Account for Counterproductive Work Behavior in Adolescent Job Apprentices

Bernd Marcus et al. J Occup Health Psychol.

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  • J Occup Health Psychol. 2007 Jul;12(3):278

Abstract

In the present research, we investigated the joint impact of selected antecedents of counterproductive work behavior (CWB). A sample of German apprentices reported on their CWB and completed measures of situational evaluations (vocational preference, level and constructiveness of job satisfaction) believed to trigger CWB and of dispositional motivators (measured by integrity test subscales) and controls (self-control and another subset of integrity scales) of CWB. All predictors investigated showed the expected bivariate relationships with CWB. Multivariate analyses revealed that the triggering effect of an unfavorable vocational choice on CWB was fully mediated by job satisfaction. When predictors were aggregated, a composite of dispositional control variables had the largest effect on CWB and moderated the effects of motivational dispositions and situational evaluations. These results extend the knowledge on antecedents of CWB by investigating previously overlooked variables and samples and partially replicate recent findings on the joint impact of dispositions and work-related evaluations on CWB.

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