Nathan A. Bowling, Ph.D. (Advisor); David M. LaHuis, Ph.D. (Committee Member); Corey E. Miller, Ph.D. (Committee Member); Brian D. Lyons, Ph.D. (Committee Member)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Perpetrator workplace aggression has always been considered as a uni-dimensional construct from the uni-dimensional perspective. The most popular and widely used scale, interpersonal deviance scale (IDS; Bennett & Robinson, 2000), to assess perpetrator workplace aggression has only seven items (i.e., seven content areas), which lacks a high level of content-related and construct-related validity. Recently, researchers have suggested that perpetrator workplace aggression may be a construct with a general factor at the top (Sackett & DeVore, 2001); however, this general factor can be less clear for a more complex model (Marcus et al., 2016). Using three samples (N = 271, 337, & 264), this research found that perpetrator workplace aggression was also a uni-dimensional construct from the multi-dimensional perspective, the general factor was very clear for a complex model, and developed a new scale with a higher level of content-related (i.e., 24 different content areas of perpetrator workplace aggression) and construct-related validity (by developing a large nomological network). In addition to a higher level of content-related and construct-related validity, the new scale showed a higher level of internal consistency and substantive validity. Hence, I recommend that researchers and practitioners use this new scale in future when assessing perpetrator workplace aggression.
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Department of Psychology
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