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NCJ Number: 221623 Find in a Library
Title: Work Place Violence and Negative Affective Response: A Test of Agnew's General Strain Theory
Journal: Journal of Criminal Justice  Volume:35  Issue:6  Dated:December 2007  Pages:657-666
Author(s): Sameer Hinduja
Date Published: December 2007
Page Count: 10
Type: Research (Theoretical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study extended general strain theory (GST) to the adult population in the work environment to examine the relationship between various physical, social, and psychological stressors at work and how the victims of perceived work place violence reacted to those stressors.
Abstract: A summary of the findings suggest that those who experience less blatant types of maltreatment in the work place are more likely to experience internal and external emotive repercussions which as a consequence may lead to self-destructive or interpersonal violence at worst and emotional, psychological, and physiological stress at best. Although the study did not truly replicate general strain theory (GST) in adult populations, the analysis identified important by-products of strain that had not been tested. In addition, the analysis extended GST to adult populations where the effects of strain on the work force in the normal course of employment were tested. GST was developed, in 1992, to explain delinquency as a consequence of strain. In an attempt to extend GST to adults in an organizational setting, an analysis of secondary data was conducted to determine how employee mistreatment by coworkers affected performance and well-being. Tables, appendix A, notes and references
Main Term(s): Strain theory
Index Term(s): Adults (18+); Behavior patterns; Behavior under stress; Employment; Job pressure; Occupational safety and health; Psychological theories; Violence in the workplace
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