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The Interplay of Low Identification, Psychological Detachment, and Cynicism for Predicting Counterproductive Work Behaviour
Jiajin Tong1; SinHui Chong2; Jiayu Chen1; Russell E. Johnson3; Xiaopeng Ren4
First AuthorJiajin Tong
Correspondent Emailtongttong@163.com (jiajin tong)
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Abstract

Prior research suggests that psychological detachment buffers the detrimental effects of negative work events and stressors on employees’ subsequent performance and well-being. This, however, assumes that employees are motivated to reengage in their work following detachment, which may not always be true. Our paper examines the potential dark side of psychological detachment by exploring its moderating effects on the relationship of low organisational identification with counterproductive work behaviour (CWB) via cynicism toward work. Based on self-discrepancy theory, we argue that detachment strengthens the link from low identification to cynicism because it reinforces the psychological distance of lowly identified employees with the organisation and provides them with additional resources to more deeply reflect on their mismatch with their organisation, thus generating stronger feelings of doubt and distrust that characterise cynicism. We also hypothesise that detachment strengthens the relation from cynicism to CWB, because detachment reinforces personal separation from work in cynical employees and because cynical employees may leverage their replenished resources to fuel deviant acts. Multi-wave data collected from two field samples support our hypotheses. We discuss the implications of our study and propose future research directions.

2020
Language英语
DOI10.1111/apps.12187
Source PublicationAPPLIED PSYCHOLOGY: AN INTERNATIONAL REVIEW
Volume69Issue:1Pages:59–92
Subtype实证研究
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QuartileQ1
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.psych.ac.cn/handle/311026/34158
Collection社会与工程心理学研究室
Affiliation1.Peking University, China
2.Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
3.Michigan State University, USA
4.Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
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Jiajin Tong,SinHui Chong,Jiayu Chen,et al. The Interplay of Low Identification, Psychological Detachment, and Cynicism for Predicting Counterproductive Work Behaviour[J]. APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY: AN INTERNATIONAL REVIEW,2020,69(1):59–92.
APA Jiajin Tong,SinHui Chong,Jiayu Chen,Russell E. Johnson,&Xiaopeng Ren.(2020).The Interplay of Low Identification, Psychological Detachment, and Cynicism for Predicting Counterproductive Work Behaviour.APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY: AN INTERNATIONAL REVIEW,69(1),59–92.
MLA Jiajin Tong,et al."The Interplay of Low Identification, Psychological Detachment, and Cynicism for Predicting Counterproductive Work Behaviour".APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY: AN INTERNATIONAL REVIEW 69.1(2020):59–92.
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