Journal of Business and Psychology

, Volume 32, Issue 2, pp 179–196 | Cite as

Linking Workplace Aggression to Employee Well-Being and Work: The Moderating Role of Family-Supportive Supervisor Behaviors (FSSB)

  • Nanette L. Yragui
  • Caitlin A. Demsky
  • Leslie B. Hammer
  • Sarah Van Dyck
  • Moni B. Neradilek
Original Paper



The present study examined the moderating effects of family-supportive supervisor behaviors (FSSB) on the relationship between two types of workplace aggression (i.e., patient-initiated physical aggression and coworker-initiated psychological aggression) and employee well-being and work outcomes.


Data were obtained from a field sample of 417 healthcare workers in two psychiatric hospitals. Hypotheses were tested using moderated multiple regression analyses.


Psychiatric care providers’ perceptions of FSSB moderated the relationship between patient-initiated physical aggression and physical symptoms, exhaustion and cynicism. In addition, FSSB moderated the relationship between coworker-initiated psychological aggression and physical symptoms and turnover intentions.


Based on our findings, family-supportive supervision is a plausible boundary condition for the relationship between workplace aggression and well-being and work outcomes. This study suggests that, in addition to directly addressing aggression prevention and reduction, family-supportive supervision is a trainable resource that healthcare organizations should facilitate to improve employee work and well-being in settings with high workplace aggression.


This is the first study to examine the role of FSSB in influencing the relationship between two forms of workplace aggression: patient-initiated physical and coworker-initiated psychological aggression and employee outcomes.


Workplace aggression Family-supportive supervisor behaviors Occupational stress Health Conservation of resources theory 



This research was made possible by the Grant Number 1R21OH009983-01 (N. Yragui, PI) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (CDC/NIOSH), and the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries. The contents of this paper are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of these institutes or departments.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Washington State Department of Labor & IndustriesSHARP ProgramOlympiaUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyPortland State UniversityPortlandUSA
  3. 3.The Mountain-Whisper-Light Statistical ConsultingSeattleUSA

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