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Counterproductive Behaviors and Psychological Well-being: The Moderating Effect of Task Interdependence

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Purpose

The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between counterproductive behaviors (CPBs) and psychological well-being in a teamwork setting. Moreover, we examined the moderating effect of task interdependence. CPBs are considered in light of four dimensions, namely parasitism, interpersonal aggression, boastfulness, and misuse of resources.

Design/Methodology/Approach

Data were collected from a sample of 249 individuals working in a Canadian prison. The study was based on two measurement times.

Findings

The results reveal that the four dimensions of CPBs are negatively related to psychological well-being and that relationships involving interpersonal aggression and boastfulness are moderated by task interdependence.

Implications

This study highlights the importance for managers to identify the presence of CPBs in their team as soon as possible so as to be able to remedy them before they affect team members’ psychological well-being. Moreover, interpersonal aggression and boastfulness may be particularly detrimental in a context of high interdependence.

Originality/Value

This study further extends the nomological network of CPBs. Indeed, the results indicate that the presence of CPBs may harm employees’ mental health. Furthermore, this study shows that a contextual characteristic (i.e., task interdependence) may amplify the detrimental effect of some CPBs.

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Notes

  1. The original items were written in French. Consequently, the items reported have been translated into English.

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Preparation of this article was facilitated by a grant from the “Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la société et la culture”.

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Aubé, C., Rousseau, V., Mama, C. et al. Counterproductive Behaviors and Psychological Well-being: The Moderating Effect of Task Interdependence. J Bus Psychol 24, 351–361 (2009). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10869-009-9113-5

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