Sins of the Parents: Self-control as a Buffer between Supervisors' Previous Experience of Family Undermining and Subordinates' Perceptions of Abusive Supervision
Drawing upon social learning theory, the intergenerational transmission of violence hypothesis, and research on self-control, we develop a model of the relationships among previous experiences of family undermining, self-control, and abusive supervision. We tested the model with data obtained from supervisor-employee matched pairs in Study 1 and matched triads in Study 2. Results revealed that: 1) supervisors who experienced higher levels of family undermining (whether reported by the immediate supervisor or a sibling) during childhood are more likely to engage in abusive supervisory behaviors as adults; and 2) this relationship is moderated such that it is stronger for supervisors with low self-control. Overall, our results highlight the role of self-control in mitigating the impact of supervisors' previous experiences of family undermining on subordinate perceptions of abusive supervision, even after controlling for previously established antecedents.
Abusive supervision, Destructive leadership, Family undermining, Self-control, Workplace bullying
Kiewitz, Christian; Restubog, Simon Lloyd D.; Zagenczyk, Thomas; Scott, Kristin D.; Garcia, Patrick Raymund James M.; and Tang, Robert L., "Sins of the Parents: Self-control as a Buffer between Supervisors' Previous Experience of Family Undermining and Subordinates' Perceptions of Abusive Supervision" (2012). Management and Marketing Faculty Publications. 38.