Date of Award

Summer 2008

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Psychology

Committee Director

Debra A. Major

Committee Member

Karin A. Orvis

Committee Member

Elaine M. Justice

Abstract

Research has demonstrated that customer sexual harassment (CSH) is a frequently occurring phenomenon and an apparent barrier to the career development of women (Gettman & Gelfand, 2007; Morganson & Major, 2008). The current study applies psychological contract theory toward understanding how CSH leads to adverse outcomes, which affect individuals and organizations. A sample of 420 working women including both students and full-time non-student workers from various organizations were recruited to participate in this online study. CSH and perceptions of employer obligation did not interact to predict psychological contract breach. As hypothesized, psychological contract breach and CSH interacted to predict affective organizational commitment. Contrary to expectations they did not interact to predict mental or physical health. Research implications, limitations, and future directions for research are discussed.

DOI

10.25777/7ggd-d854

ISBN

9780549738978

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