Responses to Discrimination: Relationships Between Social Support Seeking, Core Self-Evaluations, and Withdrawal Behaviors

María Fernanda Wagstaff, María del Carmen Triana, Sihyun Kim, Said Al-Riyami

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Abstract

Drawing from the theory of conservation of resources (Hobfoll, 1989), we examined relationships between social support seeking as a response to perceived discrimination from supervisors, core self-evaluations, and withdrawal behaviors. We further studied how the relationship between social support seeking and withdrawal behaviors was moderated by core self-evaluations. With two different samples, we found, as expected, that social support seeking in response to discrimination from supervisors is positively related to employee withdrawal behaviors, and core self-evaluations is negatively related to withdrawal behaviors. Across the two samples, we also found evidence that the relationship between social support seeking and withdrawal behaviors was weaker when core self-evaluations were high compared to low. We discuss implications of our results in the context of past research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)673-687
Number of pages15
JournalHuman Resource Management
Volume54
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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Keywords

  • Core self-evaluations
  • Social support seeking as a response to perceived discrimination
  • Withdrawal behaviors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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