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Physiological mechanisms that underlie the effects of interactional unfairness on deviant behavior: the role of cortisol activity

Yang, Liu-Qin, Bauer, Jeremy, Johnson, Russell E., Groer, Maureen W. and Salomon, Kristen 2014, Physiological mechanisms that underlie the effects of interactional unfairness on deviant behavior: the role of cortisol activity, Journal of applied psychology, vol. 99, no. 2, pp. 310-321, doi: 10.1037/a0034413.

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Title Physiological mechanisms that underlie the effects of interactional unfairness on deviant behavior: the role of cortisol activity
Author(s) Yang, Liu-Qin
Bauer, Jeremy
Johnson, Russell E.
Groer, Maureen W.
Salomon, Kristen
Journal name Journal of applied psychology
Volume number 99
Issue number 2
Start page 310
End page 321
Total pages 12
Publisher American Psychological Association
Place of publication Washington, D.C.
Publication date 2014-03
ISSN 0021-9010
1939-1854
Keyword(s) interactional justice
cortisol
stress
deviant behaviour
identity
Summary Although experiencing unfairness is a primary source of stress, there are surprisingly few studies that have examined the physiological underpinnings of unfairness. Drawing from social self-preservation theory, we derive predictions regarding the effects of interactional unfairness on activity in the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical (HPA) axis, which is one of the body’s primary hormonal systems for responding to stress. Using an experimental design with objective physiological measures, we found support for our hypothesis that interactional unfairness triggers the release of cortisol by the HPA axis. This cortisol activity in turn mediated the effects of interactional unfairness on deviant behavior. This indirect effect remained significant after controlling for established attitudinal and self-construal mediators of the justice–deviance relationship. We discuss the theoretical and practical implications of these findings for the occupational stress and organizational justice literatures.
Language eng
DOI 10.1037/a0034413
Field of Research 150310 Organisation and Management Theory
1701 Psychology
1503 Business And Management
1505 Marketing
Socio Economic Objective 910402 Management
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2013, American Psychological Association
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30090827

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